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Transgender student competes for homecoming king

11:02 AM, Sep 28, 2013   |    comments
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OPKINS, Minn. (KARE) - A transgender student is up for homecoming king at Hopkins High School in Minnesota. 

"For me, I just feel like I was born in the wrong body," said Jae Bates.

Bates was born female, but last year, he started to make the transition to become a man. He changed his name. He takes special hormones, and he plans to have "top" surgery in March.

In the meantime, he's up for homecoming king.

"Over the past couple of years, I've been able to find who I am and the high school is so accepting of that," smiled Bates.

Bates' date for homecoming is good friend Kaylee Grunseth, who created a Facebook page to get the school behind considering them for homecoming king and queen.

The thought was they had a chance, but it wasn't meant to be. Another couple received more votes from the student body.

But not all was lost, Bates said. To be accepted, to be considered and to be himself is its own reward.

"We were trying to make history, so I think we're really winners regardless," Bates said.

Bates has set up a fund to help pay for his surgery, which could cost as much as $5,000. He said he hopes to raise $3,000.

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