Oakleigh Marshall: Transgender Student Denied Homecoming Throne

September 27, 2010

Oakleigh Marshall (who also goes by Oakleigh Reed) is a transgender senior at Mona Shores High School. Because ‘Oak’ is still technically female, he was denied the right to be Homecoming King. Find out what happened here, and see related photos and video below.


Though a sex change operation is not planned until Oakleigh’s 18th birthday, the high school senior is said to be known as a ‘boy’ around school. For that reason, I will refer to Oakleigh as a male in this write-up.

Born Oakleigh Marie, he still has female parts. But the 17-year-old says he has always identified with the female gender, which has caused significant problems in his life so far—the most recent being the Homecoming issue.

Apparently the senior class at Mona Shores High School elected him as the Homecoming King fair and square. But school board officials decided to revoke the title based on his technical gender. They say the issue is crystal clear; students choose a boy as King and a girl as Queen. This, they say, eliminated his chances of being elected before any votes were even cast.

But Oakleigh Marshall sees it quite differently. In fact, he points to other instances where the school recognizes him as a male:

“They let me wear a male tux for band uniform, and they’re going to let me wear the male robe and cap for graduation … It’s the senior class that votes for their representative…What they did was taking away the voice of the senior class.”

Nonetheless, Oakleigh says the principal simply indicated that his enrollment status as a female nullified any chance:

“They told me that they took me off because they had to invalidate all of my votes because I’m enrolled at Mona Shores as a female…”

What do you think about the issue? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

Also, check out some photos and video related to the Oakleigh Marshall (Oakleigh Reed) story below.

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4 Responses to “Oakleigh Marshall: Transgender Student Denied Homecoming Throne”

  1. 1
    Jeanette Says:

    Geez, get a grip people! Let these kids’ voices be heard.

  2. 2
    Rachelle Says:

    That is awful seriously it is 2010 wtf

  3. 3
    Miriam Says:

    I am speechless

  4. 4
    Jim Bob Says:

    i see both sides of the story, but think of the guys who were born male and now have less of a chance to win because if they let one transgendered student win a title meant for a male then a male could win a title meant for a female. The all the different pageants and competitions would be thrown to hell.