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Transgender teen selected finalist for school’s homecoming queen

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A transgender student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., has been selected as one of the top 10 finalists for her school’s Homecoming Queen.

Cassidy Lynn Campbell

Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16, has been living as a woman for the last three years; she said she has always felt trapped in the wrong body, even as a child.

And now, she says, her shot at becoming homecoming queen isn’t just about a title but a hard-fought token of acceptance, reported KTLA-TV.

“Gay people have been brought into the limelight and it’s a very touched-on subject,” Cassidy said. “It’s much more talked about than transgender is.”

Cassidy, who has also attracted attention online with her popular video blogs, admitted her gender expression has come at a price including cyber bullying and even face-to-face harassment in the hallways at school.

“Sometimes they’ll say faggot when I’m walking by or they’ll call me names,” she said.

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Cassidy finds out on September 20th if she is the winner.

In the meantime, she says she’s already been contacted by MTV about the possibility of her own reality show.

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  1. As time goes on … the labels will go away … and me thinks we will say young girl selected finalist … we hope anywho

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:49am
  2. OMG! This is so awesome!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:50am
  3. shes beautiful :) im glad some schools are openminded enough to allow her to be part of the high school experience, like any pther student.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:53am
  4. I agree - she's definitely beautiful! I too am glad the school is being open minded enough to allow her to be who she is and have a chance at homecoming queen!

    Replied on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:39pm
  5. This is awesome … I am soooo happy for this beautiful girl… its about time… :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:53am
  6. WAY TO GO GIRL !!!!CONGRADULATIONS IT JUST TAKES ONE PERSON TO START TAKING THE BOUNDRIES DOWN

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:54am
  7. BARUCH HASHEM!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:56am
  8. … HB, thee “Surfing Capitol of the World’s,” always been kinda laid back. Was accepted as an openly-Gay man from NY-&-warmly welcomed with “Missy,” my late mother’s husky/shepherd on the “Doggy Beach” from ’96-’97!?!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:56am
  9. Good for her. I think it’s a reflection of how far we have to go, though, that my second thought was, please let this not turn into Carrie, or snatching the football away from Charlie Brown at the last second.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:57am
  10. I look forward to the days when things like this are commonplace and aren’t newsworthy :) That’s so awesome though good for her!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:58am
  11. Gorgeous! Good for him/her! Being a homecoming queen is preferable to closet queen.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:59am
  12. Like my page! Facebook.com/everythingliberal

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:00am
  13. ahhhh! :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:01am
  14. Kewl

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:06am
  15. Awesome

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:09am
  16. This is awesome! good for her! :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:09am
  17. shes beautiful

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:09am
  18. Kudos to her and her school who obviously supports her!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:13am
  19. WELL IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!! :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:13am
  20. She is stunning…wow, just beautiful, love your self esteem! Proud of you young lady! Keep your head held high

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:14am
  21. Pretty-!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:18am
  22. I love Cassidy I actually know her and have known her since she was lance

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:19am
  23. She is a pretty girl this generation are so different then while I was growing up hope she wins

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:27am
  24. Hell yes!! <3

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:35am
  25. Her own reality show? Let’s not.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:47am
  26. And why not

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:51am
  27. You go,girl !!! Victory is already yours !

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:53am
  28. That is so awesome, I was Born There in Huntington Beach, CA..

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:10am
  29. oh my god, i want her hair

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:17am
  30. Faith restored in humanity.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:29am
  31. Congrats to you beautiful! I’m a proud mom of a gay son & wouldn’t change him for anything!! Reach for that crown, you deserve it!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:33am
  32. She is beautiful.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:39am
  33. when discriminating serious and ls homosexuality worldwide. and let people live happy everyone is as it should be no matter or that it is homosexual. or be of different races. vast and so much ignorance. please

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:46am
  34. you GO GIRL!!!!!! I HOPE YOU GET IT!! MUCH LOVE :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:39am
  35. Hells yea! I hope she gets the win!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:32am
  36. Right On !

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:41am
  37. Wow, she’s so pretty! I’d love to have her bone structure. She could be a model!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:59am
  38. i’m so happy for this girl and good luck to her.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:02am
  39. This is FABULOUS!!!… and So is She…

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:31am
  40. God bless her!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:00am
  41. way to go gf

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:21am
  42. I hope she makes it. If I were in that school, she’d have my vote!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:45am
  43. she is a person, human too… good for her… good luck, best wishes!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:14am
  44. So Proud!! of my home, cali. Here in florida though, trying to live a dream through education… Miss you Cali !!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:40am
  45. so pretty

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:42am
  46. Grats

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:32pm
  47. You go girl! She’s gorgeous! Best of luck!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:36pm
  48. Wow, shes just gorgeous!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:40pm
  49. You go gurl!! Don’t let anyone bring you down!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:32pm
  50. should be so normal and not “worth” an article =( she´s beautiful anyway :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:44pm
  51. Good for her! She’s very pretty.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:53pm
  52. congratulations

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:53pm
  53. Right ON!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:04pm
  54. You go girl!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  55. You go girl!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  56. You go girl!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  57. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  58. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  59. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  60. No1currr, that bitch has a penis – homecoming cock saidwhatttt – I also feel like i’m trapped in the wrong body, I should be 7”4″ and black with a 24 inch penis in the NBA. BUT I’M NOT BUT YOU DON’T SEE ME WALKING AROUND TRYING TO FAKE IT, as been previously stated many times – you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, this ain’t no build a bitch workshop.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  61. No1currr, that bitch has a penis – homecoming cock saidwhatttt – I also feel like i’m trapped in the wrong body, I should be 7”4″ and black with a 24 inch penis in the NBA. BUT I’M NOT BUT YOU DON’T SEE ME WALKING AROUND TRYING TO FAKE IT, as been previously stated many times – you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, this ain’t no build a bitch workshop.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  62. No1currr, that bitch has a penis – homecoming cock saidwhatttt – I also feel like i’m trapped in the wrong body, I should be 7”4″ and black with a 24 inch penis in the NBA. BUT I’M NOT BUT YOU DON’T SEE ME WALKING AROUND TRYING TO FAKE IT, as been previously stated many times – you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, this ain’t no build a bitch workshop.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  63. Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:05pm
  64. Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:05pm
  65. Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:05pm
  66. It’s not the first time, that a transgender will be Beauty Queen or a Prom Queen. And there is a lot models, actresses and singers transgenders ;)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:20pm
  67. woot woot! You go gurrl! :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  68. kinda looks like Snookie…lol…anyway, hope you win, good luck!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3:28pm
  69. A little PSA: transgender is an adjective. A descriptor. Someone is a transgender person, not a transgender. And the haven’t been transgendered either. It’s not a one step process. Nice to see trans positive comments on here for once, though. :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:49pm
  70. ahhh shes hot <3

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:55pm
  71. ahhh shes hot <3

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:55pm
  72. Yay for my Alma Mater!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:01pm
  73. OMG she is so pretty!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:04pm
  74. Can I just day that she’s absolutely gorgeous?

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:32pm
  75. Can I just day that she’s absolutely gorgeous?

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:32pm
  76. Rock on girl!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:41pm
  77. Rock on girl!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:41pm
  78. Fantastic!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:11pm
  79. Fantastic!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:11pm
  80. Way to go

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:28pm
  81. Way to go

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:28pm
  82. Way to go

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:28pm
  83. Way to go

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:28pm
  84. hope she wins

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:26pm
  85. That is exciting! Good for her and for her community for being open and accepting…a step in the right direction!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:25pm
  86. Be STRONG the fights jus began!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:36pm
  87. Wow! What an accomplishment. Good luck.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:41pm
  88. Of all places, one of the most anti-gay racist places behind the ‘Orange Curtain’.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:51pm
  89. aw what a brave young woman. I hope she wins!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:16pm
  90. YAY!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:45pm
  91. She’s beautiful. Glad that the school is respecting her choice to present her gender.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:56pm
  92. OMG, a girl won homecoming queen. Stop the presses! Come on, TG girls are just girls. Nothing out of the ordinary about these girls. Let the girls be girls. And, yes, she is a beautiful girl!

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:01am
  93. congratz

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 1:44am
  94. Congrats beautiful

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:23am
  95. Congrats beautiful

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:23am
  96. Congrats beautiful

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:23am
  97. Congrats beautiful

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:23am
  98. Love it

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:36am
  99. Love it

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:36am
  100. Love it

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:36am
  101. Love it

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:36am
  102. id vote for her if i was in school again

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 4:25am
  103. Gorgeous

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 4:13pm