A 21-year-old transgender student has been named homecoming queen at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Steven Scanchez was selected Friday night during a homecoming pep rally.

He's the first transgender student to be selected as homecoming queen, a tradition that was recently renewed after decades without a homecoming court.

Sanchez nominated himself for the title, and then was selected by a panel of faculty and students as one of 10 court applicants, based on academic standing, essay question responses and campus involvement.

The 440 students who attended an earlier competition voted to select the winners.

Sanchez says he's speechless and would do what he could to support UNI's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.