DES MOINES, Iowa -- Steven Sanchez made history Friday when fellow students crowned him homecoming queen of the University of Northern Iowa.
Sanchez, 21, was born male but identifies as both male and female. He is Northern Iowa's first transgender homecoming queen or king.
Sanchez, who as a child endured relentless bullying, said the moment left him speechless. A standing-room-only crowd had packed into a campus auditorium and erupted in applause when his name was read.
"I never would have thought years ago that I'd be standing on a stage, people cheering for me because they voted me homecoming queen," he said. "It was unbelievable."
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