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Transgender teen crowned Homecoming Queen at Calif. high school

Saturday, September 21, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A transgender student made history Friday night when she was elected crowned homecoming queen at an Orange County, Calif. high school.

Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, broke down in tears while classmates chanted her name as she was announced the winner.

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Cassidy has been sharing her transition from male to female with an audience of more than 18,000 YouTube subscribers in videos that range from fun to deeply personal.

She said she knew she was a girl from a young age. She’d gravitated toward Barbie dolls, lipstick and dresses and was excluded by male classmates for years because of it.

In middle school, Cassidy told classmates she was gay to try to blend in. It wasn’t until her sophomore year that she publicly dressed as a girl — on Halloween.

This year, as a senior, she came to school as herself, and she said school officials encouraged her and she received mostly positive responses from students.

She said she decided to run for homecoming queen, in part, to make a statement.

“If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was,” she told the Los Angeles Times prior to the homecoming election.

“But with all the attention, I realized it’s bigger than me,” she said. “I’m doing this for the kids who can’t be themselves.”

Ahead of the announcement, students told KNBC-TV that Cassidy was a a natural winner.

“Everyone at school loves her,” one student said.

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“She’s super sweet,” said another.

With a crown on her head, Cassidy will preside over Marina High School’s homecoming dance this weekend.

“I’m speechless. I can’t even believe this,” she said. “I’m so proud of my school, my administration and the student body for making this happen.”

Cassidy said she wants to become more involved in the LGBT community, and she hopes her victory inspires other teens struggling with their identities.

“It doesn’t matter what people say about you, and the intolerance you may face doesn’t matter,” she said. “You can get through all of it, and you can thrive through all of it.”

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  1. yay

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:04am
  2. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:05am
  3. She’s very pretty!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:06am
  4. I thought I’d never see the day :) Fuck Yes!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:08am
  5. gz :D

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:08am
  6. Good for her…congratulations!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:10am
  7. And this happened behind the orange curtain :-)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:11am
  8. I admire her attitude, very generous

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:11am
  9. Good for her!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:13am
  10. She is so beautiful :D She deserves it

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:13am
  11. Yay!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:14am
  12. aawesome :D

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:19am
  13. another historical moment in my lifetime

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:20am
  14. Good For U Congrats!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:20am
  15. Amazing!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:24am
  16. This is such an awesome story!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:35am
  17. Cynthia Luce

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:35am
  18. So beautiful!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:43am
  19. Well okay, Great! Our young people are so much more accepting and knowledgeable about humankind.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:44am
  20. she looks so cute!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:47am
  21. So ??
    If you want to encourage equality, stop making a big deal about them being transgender.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:48am
  22. Awesome congrats

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:12am
  23. That’s awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:40am
  24. the coast has always been ahead of the midwest

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:43am
  25. Well done her :) xx

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:56am
  26. Great news!! Congratulations! And in Orange County! Way to be, young people !!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:08am
  27. beautiful NEWS.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:28am
  28. Congrats to her

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:30am
  29. stay far away from the yahoo comments section on the article unless you want your brain to hemorrhage.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:39am
  30. Right! I saw and I was like wtf

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:09pm
  31. Amen

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:39am
  32. Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:02am
  33. i’m so happy for her

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:04am
  34. cool

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:53am
  35. :)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:24pm
  36. GOOD FOR YOU GIRL. CONGRATULATIONS

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:40pm
  37. That’s wonderful!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:57pm
  38. this is the best news ith which I could ever had hoped to start my day off! YAY!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:14pm
  39. Beautiful.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:15pm
  40. YES, Way to go Calif.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:30pm
  41. YAY !!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:36pm
  42. Way to go! Thanks to all who voted for her.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:56pm
  43. That doesn’t surprise me in Orange County, California. I’m sure there was no prayer or star spangled banner before the game and the Mexican flag was flown high above the stadium and the acceptance speech was given in Spanish. Do you think they will allow it to play softball, volleyball, etc…..

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:02pm
  44. That is so awesome to see!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:14pm
  45. Fuck that…not a true r real girl!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:17pm
  46. Beautiful. Kids can do amazing things.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:18pm
  47. Way to go, sweetheart!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:20pm
  48. go cali<3

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:34pm
  49. finally you go girl

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:43pm
  50. Way. To. Go. Congratulations

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:47pm
  51. I never thought I would see the day when a transgender and/or gay student would have his/her chance in the limelight!!! AWESOME!!! CONGRATS!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:52pm
  52. BRAVA !

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:57pm
  53. a great stride for the movement. congrats cassidy.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:07pm
  54. YOU GET IT GIRL..

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:16pm
  55. Hi I realize you might not have the time on your hands to deal with this or you may not be able to do anything at all, but I would like to bring to your attention something shocking happening in a place that I always thought was full of acceptance for equality.
    A student of a high school I used to formally attend before I graduated has fairly won homecoming KING, and she is a girl and she is also a lesbian. She was fairly voted in and now the school isn’t letting her take her rightful place because she is in fact a girl.
    I have the page shared at the top of my page will not personally post anything above it for the next 24 hours so you can see it (because as of right now I am on my phone and cannot personally share this page in a message).
    I am really sorry if this is a waste of your time reading this, but for her sake I really want to give her the support she needs to claim the crown she deserves, and also to put the school at ease as the students try hard to make the fact known that things are changing and she deserves it.

    Thank you for reading this when you get the chance.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:16pm
  56. congrats on becoming homecoming queen, not because you are transgender but because you put your mind to something and achieved it :)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:18pm
  57. Congrats! You fought for your rights and won. Way to go.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:41pm
  58. Congratulations!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:45pm
  59. About time – brilliant news.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:04pm
  60. read this story back when she was first voted as a runner for the crown…seeing her up there with that crown honestly brings tears to my eyes <3 :’) way to go cassidy!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:26pm
  61. Well we are moving on up…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:45pm
  62. GOOD FOR YOU GIRL,AND YOUR FRIENDS!!!AARON

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:45pm
  63. I am proud that Marina High School did the right thing. I’m from the Class of 1970

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:51pm
  64. Hey, Maggie

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:10pm
  65. >Cool thing: Transgirl elected homecoming queen >Stupid thing: Homecoming queen is still considered a thing people deem important

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:03pm
  66. hurray

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:44pm
  67. AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:04pm
  68. Yay it about time! Congrats Cassidy :)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:09pm
  69. AWESOME

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:10pm
  70. Very cool!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:24pm
  71. Sweet ;)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:26pm
  72. A lot prettier than the Homecoming Queen when I was in HS

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:28pm
  73. & possibly more real

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:28pm
  74. AWESOME my husband is transgender (ftm).you go girl show them who’s boss.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:34pm
  75. Baby steps into the future :)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:35pm
  76. WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:38pm
  77. Fantastic!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:50pm
  78. I read this!!!! Isn’t it wonnnnderful? I’m so happy for her…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:01pm
  79. (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y)

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:09pm
  80. What a great school and beautiful young woman.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:12pm
  81. That’s nice – but competition has turned into an ugly, cheating war of it’s ok if I get by with it – nobody cares about people any more just there own selfish, lying, cheating ass.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:15pm
  82. I wish I could have come out when I was real young, it would have saved me from the Hell life I have had.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:14pm
  83. Mack W. Johnson go take your hate filled rants and shove them up your homophobic ass.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:19pm
  84. Maggie, there’s another where a trans boy is running for class pres

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:40pm
  85. Whoa, way to go girl!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:37pm
  86. There’s only one thing I hate about transgenders (boy to girl). Most of them are prettier than me!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:43pm
  87. You go girl you are a true inspiration <3

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:19pm
  88. Hey you ever been metro zoo they have alot penigians

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:19am
  89. Have you ever pen to metro zoo there are alot penguis there

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:22am
  90. They teased her, made her feel bad.. go show her some love on her most recent post!!! Poor girl is in tears!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoIBMttsQaA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUS2U4k1rX6E1nqDHf8eokeA

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:34am
  91. Everyone go show her some love she’s not doing so well. It’s a great milestone for the LGBTQ community (And allies like me!) but she’s taking the hurtful comments to heart. :( <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoIBMttsQaA

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:52am
  92. Thank you for sharing that. She needs as much suppost as she can get.

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:09pm
  93. The only sad thing is that this has taken so long

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:16am
  94. I’m so happy for her :) congrats.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:21am
  95. Related to this:

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    Anyone else think that this is bad for AseraCare’s image?
    Their Facebook is right here https://www.facebook.com/AseraCare1 feel free to link this image to them.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:23am
  96. I reported her comment, and many others, to Facebook for hate speech that targets based on gender or orientation. Pretty sure they'll remove them :)

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:54pm
  97. A chance to like this wonderful story again

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:33am
  98. OMG When I read this I just thought what an AWESOME community that they support her and are PROUD of her. Way to go people!!!

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:03am
  99. Congrats!! We need more strong willed people out there like you!! So happy 4 you!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:54am
  100. Congrats we are finally really being recognized

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:04am
  101. Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:08am
  102. Awesome I am so happy for her never would have happened when I was in school. It is so cool to see something like this happen for the trans community

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:12am
  103. She is sooooooo pretty! <3

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:17am
  104. she is beautiful

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:28am
  105. My HS did this first….. Roosevelt High School

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:46am
  106. Good for her :)
    …and to everybody (now that i thunk about it) :)

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:53am
  107. Yay !!! Progress

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:18am
  108. Congratulations!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:46am
  109. TGs hitched their wagon to the gay rights movement because they knew they could never win acceptance on their own. They should have their own bake sales and fight for their rights for 50 plus years like we did. Currently, TGs are a big part in why gay rights aren’t moving any faster than they already are. Most people – including gay people – find these sick, ugly creatures to be disgusting. They’re holding us back with the public. Gay people should drop the T and just be LGBQ.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:41pm
  110. This is the saddest thing I've read all day. You know there are trans people who are gay, right? Anyone who is gender-nonconforming in whatever way -- if I presented as really super-butch, for example -- is open to physical attack by dangerous morons on that basis alone. A little mutual support wouldn't kill you. Ignorance, however, has a track record of not being terribly safe.

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:09pm
  111. Bob Ritz, you have problems. "if not with yourself", with the way you perceive life within YOURSELF, your discrimination and hate, against a soul, in our world who simply felt DIFFERENT within, [ways y.our lifes change, for better, you know?] YOU should realize there's cells in your mind multiplying your pathetic creatures to be disgusting with hate every time you open the mouth or use the fingers of your soul. change. some things the world no matter who, what, how has the capability of doing so not with, whats within you, but good, good we all, could feel near, GOD, GOOD a heavenly CLEAR warming Loving affectionate passionate Caring appreciative Learning Giving fearless simply goodwill will get you closer, to good, good you could later change the world with. Not your hate. I am someone who is giving you better advice, for the good of your soul. Therefor bettering our U.N.Iverse. I am one who's looking n helping you look for good within, I am one you'ved hate, though, will you take my good n let that go, open more of your good, show better, love towards all, your hate, in general, was once feared in me, ashamed, un.bear.able, why, when I look like a bear, :], cuddly, loving, hug as tight as one, nose is roundish, definately cute, just un. bear. able , to the u.n.iverse still" all in our minds we have to let go of these bad's within making room for the good while u.n.iverse spinning in good, making our home happier :] God bless Bob Ritz, your T friend - Jay :]

    Replied on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:27am
  112. Amanda Sumners

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:33pm
  113. In California they are so different and most are relaxed. There are still many ignorant butt munches, but she should be proud and never forget she will still run into hate from fearful, ignorant individuals who can’t keep their mouths shut!! Go girl!!! Kick some a$$!!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:33pm
  114. <3 awesome :-)

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:44pm
  115. Wolfie Von Destroya

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:14pm
  116. Way to go girl ……. I proud of you…..

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:19am
  117. Wow that awesome, especially in H.B.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4:16am