This was incredibly sad story to hear.
Blake Brockington, an 18-year-old transgender teen from Charlotte, has committed suicide just over a year after his former school East Mecklenburg High School named him North Carolina’s first transgender homecoming king.
Blake, who lived as a female but identified as male until his sophomore year in high school, was crowned homecoming king last year.
The late activist raised an impressive $2,555.55 for his charity, Mothering Across Continents. After becoming his state’s first transgender homecoming king, Brockington told local LGBT newspaper QNotes, “I honestly feel like this is something I have to do. Nobody should be scared to be themselves, and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience.”
His birth family completely rejected him, resulting in foster placement. He notes:
“That was single-handedly the hardest part of my trans journey… Really hateful things were said on the Internet. It was hard. I saw how narrow-minded the world
Blake had plans on attending UNC after gradation with interest in math, education, and music.
“Throughout my life, I haven’t always been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this, and everybody has told me I couldn’t do it..”‘You are a girl,’ even though I’ve always identified myself as a male.”