A California teenager made history after becoming the first transgender homecoming queen at her Huntington Beach high school.
“Cassidy Lynn Campbell was one of five students nominated for homecoming queen at Marina High School. Up until this year she lived life as Lance Campbell. Well Campbell says her classmates have been supportive of her transition.” (Via KABC)
And while she did experience some backlash from a few students who didn’t support her, she says she hopes her victory changes their perspective. (Via Los Angeles Times)
“If it can just make them look a little bit differently at myself or anyone else in this world and judge just a little less harshly than it was all worth it.” (Via KNBC)
The school’s principal said he’s proud of Campbell’s victory. “We’re proud of the message from the home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect.” (Via KTLA)
But LAist reports Campbell’s celebration was short lived.
In a day’s time, she reportedly received a flood of negative reactions after she won the crown. She then posted a distressed video of herself on her YouTube channel explaining that her win wasn’t what she hoped it would be.
“I’m always judged and I’m always looked down upon and I’m always made fun of.” (Via YouTube / Cassidy Lynn)
Moving forward, Campbell says her goal is to be more active in the LGBT community to fight for equality.
Campbell isn’t the first transgender girl to become homecoming queen in the country. The Huffington Post reports in 2009, Jessee Vasold won the title at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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