Students at Johnson High School, Georgia nominated Dex Frier as a potential prom king, according to WSB-TV.
He would run as one of six nominees at prom this Saturday (23 March).
But, Frier claims, last week he attended a meeting in the principal’s office.
‘They called me there to tell me I couldn’t run for prom king ’cause I wasn’t legally male,’ he told Buzzfeed.
‘The only way I was eligible to run for prom was to be put on the prom queen ballot.’
He told the news site it was ‘upsetting’ and that he felt ’suppressed’ by school officials.
Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield spoke to WSB. He said the district had ‘never removed any student from any prom’.
He did not want to ‘disrupt us from our core mission of providing an education for the boys and girls in our community’.
Frier’s classmates have started an online petition. It calls for Frier to be allowed to run as prom king. What’s more, it accuses Hall County Schools of a ’transphobic attitude’.
‘We, the Johnson High School student body, elected Dex Frier to represent us as a male member on Prom Court’ the petition says.
‘Not only are we confused at this decision, but we are severely disappointed in the Hall County School Board’ it goes on to say.
The petition seeks ‘solidarity in the fight for human rights regardless of gender, race, class, or any other perceived difference’.
More than 12,000 people have signed the change.org petition.
WSB reports students also launched a petition calling for the school to disallow Frier.
A few hours after our story went online, Frier emailed Gay Star News to inform us the school has now decided to do away with the ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ categories.
‘They’ve made a decision to have a Knights Royalty instead of a divided Prom King and Prom Queen,’ he said.
‘However, no matter what happens, I’m going to prom to be with my friends. I’m going to have fun and if I get elected as prom king so be it.
‘The situation has made me feel both extremely loved and terribly self-conscious. I know that I’m not very masculine and it is really hard for me to present that way given this fact. But I’m only in high-school and about to go off to college, so transitioning right now really isn’t an option for me. I wish it were.’