Home­com­ing queen says it’s about more than just a crown

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­nobee.com An­thony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, agalav­iz_TheBee

Trevor Meyer had been nom­i­nated pre­vi­ously for the home­com­ing court. As a prince.

But what Meyer re­ally longed for was to win home­com­ing queen.

Meyer, who iden­ti­fies as “gen­der neu­tral,” had that wish granted when Clo­vis East High crowned the slen­der, 5-foot-10 se­nior as home­com­ing queen Fri­day night dur­ing half­time of the Tim­ber­wolves’ foot­ball game against Clo­vis High.

Meyer’s corona­tion didn’t seem like much of a shocker based on the other fi­nal­ists’ re­ac­tion and the loud round of cheers at La­mon­ica Sta­dium.

But in a city and in a school district known for hav­ing con­ser­va­tive views, a teenage boy beat­ing out three teen girls for the pres­ti­gious tiara might’ve gen­er­ated some eye rolls.

“Thank you so much,” Meyer said af­ter­ward. “I’m shak­ing. I’m so ex­cited. It means there are peo­ple out there who care and sup­port and know about what I’m do­ing.

“I’m just so thank­ful to have this op­por­tu­nity. I think it means we’re tak­ing a step in the right di­rec­tion.”

Wear­ing a black and gold mer­maid gown with six-inch heels, Meyer added the head­wear to com­plete the at­tire.

Meyer proudly walked around and thanked sup­port­ers, went into the stands and hugged friends and fam­ily, and made sure to tell oth­ers that win­ning home­com­ing queen was so much more than just the crown.

It also was a sign of re­spect and ac­cep­tance.

“Hon­estly, I re­spect it,” 2018 home­com­ing king Shawno Roberts said. “That’s who he is as a per­son. I re­spect it.”

Added Meyer’s sis­ter Shel­bey Wei­de­mann: “The over­whelm­ing sup­port from friends and fam­ily has helped tremen­dously.”

To be­come home­com­ing queen, Meyer was one of 24 nom­i­nated in the first round.

The sec­ond round con­sisted of 10 can­di­dates, which were then cut to the fi­nal four.

“I have ad­mit­tedly been a wreck all week,” Wei­de­mann said.

Meyer, too, had nerves. It was Meyer’s one and only chance to win home­com­ing queen.

He’d been nom­i­nated as a prince as a fresh­man, sopho­more and ju­nior, but didn’t win in any of those years.

“I’m su­per ner­vous,” Meyer said be­fore the an­nounce­ment. “And I re­ally have to pee.”

Why did Meyer aim for queen this year when he’s been fine be­ing nom­i­nated as a prince pre­vi­ously?

“I wear makeup and high heels ev­ery sin­gle day,” Meyer said. “For me, gen­der is more of a spec­trum. There are days when I feel more mas­cu­line. There are days when I feel more fem­i­nine.”

Upon win­ning, Meyer was pa­raded on a con­vert­ible, then took pho­tos.

Fire­works popped off in the back­ground as Meyer was con­grat­u­lated by oth­ers.

“I hope this in­spires other peo­ple,” Meyer said. “Step up and be them­selves, be­cause look at the sup­port you can get.”

CRAIG KOHLRUSS ck­[email protected]­nobee.com

Clo­vis East se­nior Trevor Meyer, cen­ter, stands af­ter be­ing crowned home­com­ing queen next to king Kenneth Lim dur­ing the Tim­ber­wolves’ foot­ball game at La­mon­ica Sta­dium in Clo­vis on Fri­day night.

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