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Transgender female running for UNI homecoming queen


A member of the University of Northern Iowa Homecoming Court is making school history.

Steven Sanchez, who identifies as a transgender female, is the first such student at UNI to be nominated for Homecoming Queen. She hopes that she won't be the last, however, as she wants her nomination to send a message of acceptance and safety to other UNI students.

"Just to be given the opportunity to run as a male person -- that means so much from the university side that they're allowing me to do this," Sanchez said. "It shows that they really support the community."

Sanchez, a member of the student group "UNI Proud," said that the university is very welcoming and supportive of LGBT students, but that there are still challenges to overcome.

The group is currently working with UNI to establish gender-neutral restrooms around campus, and is planning to create an LGBT Center.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at Friday's pep rally, which starts at 8 p.m. at Lawther Field.

More information about UNI Proud and its campus events can be found at

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