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.
His birth family completely rejected him, resulting in foster placement. He notes:
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.”
“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.”