Students at church-affiliated university salute transsexuality

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A pro-family advocate is lamenting another celebration of transsexuality at a California university – one founded by and affiliated with a Protestant denomination.

A senior at Chapman University in Orange County became the first transgender contestant to win the title of "Miss Congeniality" in the school's all-female pageant. Transgender contestant Addie Vincent competed for the title of "Miss Delta Queen" against 15 others. (See editor's note below)

OneNewsNow sought reaction from Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

LaBarbera, Peter"The saddest thing of all is that people like this, even young men and girls, are championed and celebrated when they demonstrate this sort of gender confusion and sexual confusion," he offered. "It's a sad day in America to see these kinds of cases celebrated."

For the competition, Vincent read an original poem titled "The Look," which details the struggles that transgender people experience each day. The student, who is working to create the university's first gender-neutral "fra-ority" (Theta Pi Sigma), has stated his participation in the pageant was to bring awareness to the transgender lifestyle.

Chapman University was founded in 1861 as Hesperian College by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The school's Department of Religious Studies "reflects the broad ecumenical and pluralistic interest" of that denomination, according to the university's website.

Editor's note: The original posting of this story incorrectly identified Addie Vincent as being crowned Miss Delta Queen. He was not. Also, OneNewsNow's editorial policy is to identify individuals according to their God-given birth gender.

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