Calif. Transgender Student Crowned Homecoming Queen
A transgender teen had her dreams come true Friday night when she was named homecoming queen of her Huntington Beach, Calif., high school, the city’s CW-affiliated station KTLA reports.
Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16, says she couldn’t believe she was crowned Marina High School’s homecoming queen on Sept. 20.
"I instantly just dropped to the ground and started crying," she told KTLA. She said initially, running for homecoming queen was all about her, but she later "realized it wasn’t for me anymore and I was doing this for so many people all around the country and the state and possibly the world and I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there."
KTLA reports that some students did have an issue with Campbell running for homecoming queen but the school’s principal, Paul Morrow, said he’s proud the way the majority of the audience voted.
"Were proud of the message from home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect," Morrow told the news station.
Campbell told ABC’s Huntington Beach affiliate station, KABC, that some students thought she is "just a boy doing this for fun, and I’m just a boy dressing up as a girl and trying to win a crown when that is completely the opposite of what it is. I’ve always seen myself as a girl." She added that the negative reaction stems from ignorance.
Campbell told KTLA she wants to be a stronger advocate for the LGBT community and promote equality. She said that teens like herself should, "Just to be true to themselves and to let people know around them and to not keep it bottled up inside."
The Los Angeles Times reports that the teen always felt like a girl and in high school she began taking hormone blockers and estrogen injections prescribed by an endocrinologist.