Last Friday a key event changed history in the LGBT community - California teen Lynn Campbell became the country’s first ever transgender student to be crowned homecoming queen. The 16 year old student currently attends Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California.
After being crowned, Campbell said : “I’m so proud to win this not just for me but for everyone out there and for every kid — transgender, gay, straight, black, white, Mexican, Asian. It doesn’t matter, you can be yourself”.
The newly crowned homecoming queen was originally born as Lance Campbell, but three years ago she changed her gender and has been living as Lynn Campbell ever since. She was born biologically male, but she has always identified herself as female. Normally students are stigmatised for being different in high school, but Campbell has received a lot of support from classmates who voted for her to become the school’s homecoming queen. She even received support from high school principal Paul Morrow, who believes that her victory portrays a message of “equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect”.
Despite the support she received from her high school principal and classmates, Campbell has received a lot of negative comments online and has become a victim of cyber bullying: “The one day that should be the happiest day for a girl, that should be so monumental and memorable...I can't even enjoy it. I can't even be happy because everybody is so upset over it and so ignorant and so stupid. I don't know why this happens”.