San Diego’s Sweetwater Union High School celebrated a milestone at Friday’s homecoming game by crowning its first-ever transgender homecoming queen in the district, reports KGTV.
Karl Cruz, 18, says she was shocked but happy to know her classmates are accepting of who she is.
“Everyone started cheering for me. I didn’t really expect that from anyone,” Cruz said.
“After the fireworks, I just started crying my eyes out,” she added.
Her principal says she was proud when Cruz was crowned queen because it shows the school creates a safe environment for every student.
“I was extremely proud. I can’t say I was surprised. Every single student should be accepted for who they are,” Principal Maribel Gavin said. “They’re all wonderful human beings that are here to learn.”