The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 4, 2013

Backers of transgender teen wear T-shirts to show support

Frank Sojak

JOHNSTOWN — Richland Rams blue was the prevalent color among the spectators at Richland High School’s Herlinger Field on Friday night when the Rams varsity football team hosted the Somerset Area High School Golden Eagles.

The game kicked off homecoming ceremonies this weekend.

The sea of blue shirts supporting the Rams drowned out the number of

T-shirts of the exact shade of blue that were being worn by supporters of Kasey Caron, a transgender Richland student who was denied the opportunity to run for homecoming king by the Richland school board because of being a biological female.

Autumn Hause, a sophomore at Richland, said she wore her Kasey for King shirt to the game to show her support for Kasey.

“I‚Äąthink it’s unfair that they didn’t want him to be on the homecoming court as a guy.”

Tim Schachte, a 2003 graduate of Richland High School and Kasey’s brother, said he likewise was at the game to support Kasey.

“I’m wearing the T-shirt to support her with her cause and her transition,” he said.

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