FRESNO, Calif. – When school officials announce the name of the Fresno High School prom king on Saturday, Cinthia Covarrubias will be wearing a tuxedo just like the six boys vying for the honor. Administrators agreed to reverse a district protocol this week that limited males to compete for the title after Covarrubias was nominated by her classmates.

“I would never have run for anything if I had to wear a dress, ” said Covarrubias, who considers herself transgender, an umbrella term that covers all people whose outward appearance and internal identity don’t match their gender at birth.

Gay youth advocates called it a landmark victory for campus gender expression and said they believe it’s the first time in the U.S. that an openly transgender student has run for prom royalty.

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