May 31, 2018 at 9:23 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Eighth-grade student wears transgender flag for Betsy DeVos visit

Eighth-grader Torin Hodgman and Betsy DeVos (Screenshot via YouTube)

An eighth-grade student wore a transgender Pride flag during Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ visit to their Grand Rapids, Michigan school.

14-year-old Torin Hodgman, a student at Grand Rapids Public Museum School, donned the transgender flag like a cape for DeVos’ arrival. Hodgman identifies as gender-queer and uses the preferred pronouns “they” and “their.”

DeVos visited the school for a roundtable discussion which Hodgman hoped would include a discussion on safety for LGBTQ students. Hodgman wasn’t able to ask DeVos a question but told MLIVE they hope DeVos recognized the flag.

“Public schools are a place for all children,” Hodgman said.

Hodgman was able to stand next to DeVos, who was presented a series of science and environmental projects by students. In a video captured by MLIVE, Hodgman is seen observing a project with DeVos but it is unclear if DeVos was aware of the flag’s meaning.


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