It's becoming more and more common to see men infiltrate women's spaces, whether it's collegiate sports, locker rooms, or beauty pageants. We've seen it happen once again at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where Tristan Young, a male student who calls himself a trans woman, was crowned homecoming queen. Young's victory comes after a similar incident in 2015 when another trans-identified student won the same title at the school. The situation has elicited strong reactions from parents, some of whom see this as evidence of a school system that they believe disproportionately favors LGBT students and minimizes the achievements of girls.
Male Crowned as Homecoming Queen at Kansas City High School
On Friday, North Kansas City Schools (@nkcschools) posted pictures on X, formerly known as Twitter, celebrating Young's victory. "Congratulations to @Northmen_OPHS Homecoming Queen Tristan Young!" they wrote, tagging Oak Park High School. There were four photos, including the homecoming queen from the previous year handing over the sash to Young and the four other girls posing with him.
Soon enough, the story was picked up by various people online, including Riley Gaines, collegiate swimmer who spoke out against Lia Thomas, a trans-identified male who broke multiple records and won medals in women's collegiate swim.
"Another reminder to all girls that men make the best women. I wonder if a female will win homecoming king or if it's understood that both of these spots are reserved for males. Who's to blame here?" she wrote on X.
According to independent journalist Libs of TikTok, one anonymous parent criticized the district for embracing what they termed a "radical political" stance, suggesting that such moves disadvantage certain student populations. This parent argued that the district’s support of the LGBT agenda is a form of indoctrination that places certain groups above others. The criticism also extended to the notion that having male students crowned as homecoming queens is a "disgrace."
Another parent expressed both sadness and anger, stating that as a woman, it was heartbreaking to see girls being passed over for a title she believes should be theirs. She was also critical of the school district's social media promotion of the event, pointing out that comments were conveniently locked down. This parent highlighted the dissonance between the generally conservative views of Kansas City and the liberal-leaning sentiment seemingly promoted by the school.
The event raises questions about what children are being taught concerning gender and identity. Critics argue that the situation sends a message that undermines the achievements and potential of young women, suggesting that even spaces historically reserved for them are not safe from male competition. They question why the district, if proud of this decision, limited public comments and hid replies on social media platforms, implying a lack of transparency or willingness to engage in a dialogue.
If women would refuse to play along, there would no more pageant to compete in.
While some people see Tristan Young's victory as progress toward a more inclusive society, most argue that it complicates the issue unnecessarily and denies biological sex, to the detriment of young girls who may have aspired to such titles. Some are calling for a reevaluation of how genders are separated in sports and awards, questioning whether it should be viewed as "extremist" to maintain traditional categories.
Although the administrators are most certainly to blame for allowing this kind of nonsense to occur at the school, it's impossible to ignore the fact that these girls played along with the charade as well. At this point, it's difficult to feel sympathy for women who participate in these competitions. It could all be ended in a heartbeat if the young women refused to play along with it. The same goes for the Miss Netherlands pageant earlier this year, when 22-year-old Rikkie Valerie Kolle, a trans-identified man, won the title. Kolle expressed his elation and pride on Instagram, highlighting his enthusiasm for representing his community and proving that "it can be done."
Dressed in a red gown with his long hair neatly tied in a bun, Kolle stood beside runner-up Nathalie Mogbelzada, 26, from Amsterdam. Once announced as the winner, he received a congratulatory embrace from Mogbelzada and was sashed by the current Miss Universe, Texan R'Bonney Gabriel. Kolle's victory garnered mixed reactions. While some contestants seemed unsure of how to respond, the official Miss Netherlands Instagram page posted a congratulatory message. The judges praised Kolle for his compelling story and clear mission, indicating that the organization would benefit from collaborating with him. With this win, Kolle is set to compete in Miss Universe.
The only reason men are allowed to take titles and awards away from women is because the women are allowing it to happen. If they would simply refuse to play along, there would no more pageant to compete in, no more race to swim. Of course it's not an easy choice to make and there will be backlash, but in the end, we have to seriously ask ourselves what is most important: fitting in with the trends or protecting same-sex spaces.
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