Transgender homecoming queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell was born Lance Campbell, but has been living as a woman for the past three years. On Friday, her story drew national headlines as the 16-year-old Huntington Beach teen was named Marina High School’s 2013 homecoming queen, reports the LA Times on Sept. 20.
The senior, who decided to run as homecoming queen just to make a statement regarding transgendered teens, never thought her cause would result in her being crowned.
“If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was,” Cassidy said when she decided to put her name in for nomination.
Cassidy says as far back as she can remember, she never was interested in boy activities or toys, opting instead for dolls, pink dresses and the interests of an everyday girl.
“I felt like I was already a girl, so I was confused as to why my mom would cut my hair,” Cassidy said. “I didn't understand why she would make me wear shorts and shirts when I wanted to wear dresses and skirts.”
At the halftime of the school’s football game Friday, Cassidy and the other four finalists were called up and balloons were released to announce the two winners, who had been voted on by the students – white for the princesses and bright yellow and blue balloons for the queen.
“She was stunned. She kind of broke down on the podium,” school district spokesman Tom Delapp said of Cassidy’s surprise win. Cassidy is the nation's first transgendered homecoming queen. “She was shocked. She cried a lot.”
The LA Times says that students starting chanting Cassidy’s name and embraced her. Cassidy, who has been taking hormone blockers and estrogen injections, said she has the full support of her parents.
“I was so proud to win, not just for me but for everyone out there,” Cassidy told reporters afterward. “I think it really shows the progression of the times.”
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