In a display of solidarity and resilience, the chair of Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ commission, Justice Horn, has honored two trans homecoming queens, Tristan Young and Landon Patterson, despite facing transphobic backlash. These trailblazers made history at Oak Park High School in Kansas City by becoming the first and second trans homecoming queens. Horn’s recognition comes as part of LGBTQ+ history month, aiming to solidify support for the local transgender community.
Young, who was named homecoming queen after a student vote, found herself subjected to transphobic comments and threats on social media, drawing condemnation from far-right figures. Despite the negativity, she remained undeterred, stating, “I don’t want to waste my time trying to win over transphobes.” Her mother, Chari, expressed initial concerns about her safety but noted the overwhelming support she received.
Justice Horn took to social media to uplift Young and condemn the transphobic comments, highlighting the kindness and acceptance of the younger generation in Kansas City. This display of support for the trans homecoming queens serves as a testament to the progress made in LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusivity, even in the face of adversity.
Transphobia continues to persist, but the recognition and celebration of individuals like Tristan Young and Landon Patterson remind us of the importance of unity and the ongoing fight for equality within the LGBTQ+ community. In Kansas City and beyond, their courage paves the way for a more inclusive future.