An Upstate transgender teen who made the news on Examiner earlier this year when she fought and won the right to get her driver’s license photo taken as a female now has a new goal. She wants to be the new homecoming queen at her high school, reported WYFF4 News September 29.
Principal Shawn Tobin announced Chase Culpepper, 17, is one of five finalists nominated to homecoming court at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson. Chase, who was born a male but identifies as female, was selected by a school-wide ballot.
The homecoming queen will be selected and crowned from the court of five during halftime of the game against Easley High School Friday night. The other finalists are Kayla Adair, Whitney Hawkin, Nadysen Junkins and Haley Kowalski. A pep rally is planned for Friday at 2:30 p.m. to introduce those selected for homecoming court.
Chase has shown herself willing to fight for equality for transgender people. She and her mother Teresa filed a lawsuit against the SCDMV that resulted in additional training for employees, including the professional treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.
In a September 29 interview with WSPA7 News, Chase spoke about the SCDMV lawsuit
“The experience with the DMV was just a traumatic one. It was not fun for me because really all I wanted was to just have a license and that experience was kind of trumped by discrimination.”
Chase is a role model for those fighting for the rights of transgender people, since she was nominated by her classmates to homecoming court. This shows just how much she is loved at her school, regardless of whether she takes home the homecoming crown. Chase will definitely be a figure to watch as she moves into adulthood.