Growing up in conservative Georgia was “scary” for Charlie Baum, who knew she was a girl as early as elementary school, but was aware her “very intense love for Hannah Montana and literally ANYTHING pink was frowned upon.” In high school, Baum first identified as gay and began experimenting with drag as a form of self-expression, which incurred the ridicule of teenagers, who were very awful.
After being mercilessly bullied and harassed, Charlie Bawm, a senior at Forsyth Central High School in Georgia has been crowned its Homecoming Queen.
According to LGBTQ Nation, she had to endure years of criticism just because of who she is. She says the abuse even went so far as including “death threats and plenty of public humiliation.” She had her whole perspective turned upside down after her friends nominated her for queen.
Baum spent middle school “mostly just being sad,” and said that she started dressing in drag and identifying as gay when she was in high school.
“This year, in particular, I spent the first semester not out as trans but instead going to school regularly with crazy dramatic makeup,” she told Pink News. “This angered plenty of people, some to the point of harassment.”
She got called a “faggot” and was asked in a group chat with over 600 people “Do you have a dick or a vagina?” So Baum was surprised when her friends nominated her for homecoming queen.
Baum has weathered the harassment with the help of her friends, who nominated her for homecoming queen. “My friends Midori and Nicole kind of told me they were nominating me and they started telling people to vote for me to be nominated for Homecoming Queen,” Baum said. “They had seen me have a rough year with a lot of students and they were also aware that for a trans girl to be nominated and possibly win in this county is not just surprising but also historic,” she added. Baum was “hell-bent” on winning, “not just ‘cause I like looking pretty, but also for the LGBT community.”
“I went from feeling ready to get out of high school so that I could be normal and just feel like a normal girl who is not so much of an oddity or outcast to feeling like there was a majority of students who support me,” Baum said after winning the title.
“Winning a queen title was never something that seemed feasible to me, so it’s a very good feeling to know that I was wrong. This let me know that I do have a chance at normalcy and royalty.”
Charlie shared her win on Instagram and she says she sees a more promising future for her home state.
“This win, to me, represents a more progressive and accepting future in one of the most conservative and backwards counties in Georgia,” Baum wrote.
Baum’s family attended the homecoming celebration, and when her win was announced they started “so much screaming. They were in the bleachers and they just ran down and all started hugging me and then there was even more screaming…My mum was behind me crying with my dad, and my grandma was also in the bleachers, full-on funeral sobbing with joy. It was a happy moment for all of us,” Baum said. Source – pinknews.co.uk, sdgln.com, out.com,