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, 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.
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.