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WI prom queen: I didn't win for being transgender, I won for being me


Mequon, WI (WISN) -- Without controversy or criticism, Homestead High School in Mequon, crowned a young woman prom queen who was born a boy.

It was a dream for a girl who's struggled for acceptance ever since she was a little boy.

"I didn't like realize that I wanted to be a girl. I just noticed that I mostly had girlfriends, and I participated in most of the girl activities," Nikko Nelson said.

Her parents and her best friend India Wilkerson made the journey with her.

"I was a boy when I met her (India), and when I started transitioning, she didn't think of me differently," Nikko said about her childhood friend India Wilkerson.

"People love Nikko, love her," India said. "I'm glad people can see her the way I see her as just a normal friend, normal person."

Nikko wore her first dress to her eighth-grade graduation. Now she's the queen of the prom. She said most everyone has been supportive, but there are a few guys who won't let the issue go.

"India posted a picture on Snapchat saying vote her (Nikko) for prom queen, and they commented 'Do you mean king?'" Nikko said.

For all the political controversy about transgender, the kids at Homestead looked past the issue and picked the person they wanted to be the queen of their prom, WISN 12 News reporter Colleen Henry said.

"I didn't win prom queen for being a transgender girl. I won prom queen for being Nikko Nelson," she said.

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