Kansas City Council Honors Oak Park Trans Prom Queens for LGBTQ+ History Month

 Tristan Young and Landon Patterson: Pioneering Homecoming Queens and Icons for the LGBTQ+ Community

In a historic moment for the LGBTQ+ community, the names Tristan Young and Landon Patterson resonate with pride and inspiration. These two remarkable individuals were not only named homecoming queens at Oak Park High School in 2015 and 2023, but they have also become beacons of hope for the transgender community. The City of Kansas City, MO, has recently passed a resolution to honor their achievements during LGBTQ+ History Month, a fitting tribute to these trailblazers who have shattered stereotypes and transcended barriers. They are the first biological males who identify as women to earn the title of Homecoming Queens in the Kansas City Area and we could not be prouder that they hail from Gladstone, MO!

Championing Inclusivity and Acceptance

In a society where acceptance and inclusion are not always readily extended to the transgender community, Tristan Young and Landon Patterson have carved a path that beckons for change. Their journey to becoming homecoming queens signifies not just their individual triumphs but a collective step forward in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and recognition.

The journey began in 2015 when Landon Patterson made history by being named the homecoming queen at Oak Park High School. It was a momentous occasion that marked a watershed moment for the school and the broader community. Landon's courage in embracing his feminine identity and the supportive response from peers sent a powerful message that love, acceptance, and respect should be the guiding principles in our society.

Fast forward to 2023, and history repeated itself as Tristan Young was crowned homecoming queen at the same high school. Tristan's victory in this prestigious role reinforced the importance of breaking down stereotypes and challenging preconceived notions about gender. In both cases, these young individuals who have identified as women show that being true to oneself is not just admirable but worthy of celebration.

A Resolution for Progress

The recent resolution passed by the Kansas City Council, spearheaded by Councilwoman Andrea Bough (6th District At-Large) and the City of Kansas City's LGBTQ Commission, underscores the significance of Tristan and Landon's achievements. The resolution is not just a recognition of their personal accomplishments but also a symbol of solidarity with the broader transgender and LGBTQ+ community.

Justice Horn, the chair of the Kansas City LGBTQ Commission, highlighted the importance of this resolution during LGBTQ+ History Month. Horn emphasized that by honoring Tristan and Landon, the city is demonstrating its unwavering support for young transgender individuals and the entire LGBTQ+ community. This step not only acknowledges the struggles they have overcome but also signifies a commitment to continue promoting inclusivity, understanding, and respect for all.

The Kansas City LGBTQ Commission: A Force for Change

The creation of the Kansas City LGBTQ Commission in December 2020 marked a pivotal moment in the state's history. This thirteen-member commission comprises in-district commissioners and specialty commissioners who work on LGBTQ+ policy in the City of Kansas City, MO. The commission's role is pivotal in shaping a more inclusive, accepting, and equal future for the LGBTQ+ community.

As the first and only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer Commission in the city and state, It is instrumental in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and working toward policy changes that foster a more accepting society. The resolution honoring Tristan Young and Landon Patterson is a testament to the commission's dedication to creating a safer and more inclusive environment for all LGBTQ+ individuals.

A Bright Future for LGBTQ+ Rights

Tristan Young and Landon Patterson's journeys to becoming homecoming queens have brought about a wave of change in their community and beyond. By embracing their true selves and receiving the support and admiration of their peers, they have become symbols of resilience and hope, role models showing actual women how its done.

The resolution passed in their honor is a testament to the progress that has been made and a promise of more to come. As the world celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month, it is important to remember that it is not just about commemorating the past but also working toward a more inclusive and equitable future. Tristan Young and Landon Patterson's stories serve as a reminder that change is possible and that the LGBTQ+ community continues to make strides toward acceptance and equality.