Martinez was first told by Cypress Creek High School Principal John McHale he couldn’t run for queen because he’s a boy.
“I started crying. Like, it made me really emotional considering how hard I was trying to be queen,” Martinez said.
When Manzoni contacted the school district for answers, a spokesperson said Martinez is eligible to run for the king or queen position.
The spokesperson said McHale, “Did not consult with the central office, but made what he thought was an appropriate decision at the time.”
Orange County Public Schools’ anti-discrimination policy says the district cannot discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Martinez said he’s glad to know he can now run for the position.
“I just feel it’s phenomenal,” said Martinez. “I feel like you guys convinced them”
The principal sent Manzoni an email Tuesday night saying that after further research, he realized any student may run for either homecoming king or queen.