Post submitted by Steffi Mangelsdorf, HRC Foundation Intern

Last week, HRC highlighted Blake Brockington, a 17-year-old senior at East Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina who ran for homecoming king. Today, we are happy to announce that Blake became the state’s first transgender student to receive the homecoming crown.

Blake’s story draws attention to the plight many of his transgender and LGBT peers face. After coming out, Blake had to move out of his home and into foster care, a situation far to common for LGBTQ youth, who make up 40% of homeless youth.

We must support LGBTQ youth, like Blake, not only by providing equal opportunities, but also by ensuring their well being and safety at school and communities across the nation.

Blake’s achievement shows the changing hearts and minds in the U.S., but we need to make sure that programs such as HRC’s HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families Program further provide young emerging LGBTQ leaders with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in their communities.

This weekend, HRC’s inaugural Time to Thrive conference will bring together hundreds of  K-12 educators, counselors and others youth-serving professionals to promote the safety, inclusion and well-being of LGBTQ youth everywhere. Learn more at

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