Last Friday night, for the first time EVER, a transgender teen was crowned Homecoming Queen in Huntington Beach, California. 16-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell (born Lance) said that when she first decided to run, she didn’t initially recognize the global significance of her win:
“I realized it wasn’t for me anymore and I was doing this for so many people all around the county and the state and possibly the world and I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there,” she said.’
Getting crowned queen on Homecoming at Marina High School was a dream come true for Cassidy, but her monumental celebration was temporarily interrupted by close-minded a-holes who need to grow up and be better humans. Campbell posted a heart-breaking video to her YouTube page, lamenting the cruel actions by some of her peers.
“They think that I’m just a boy doing this for fun, and I’m just a boy dressing up as a girl and trying to win a crown when that is completely the opposite of what it is,” she said. “I’ve always seen myself as a girl.”
Thankfully, the administration rallied behind Campbell’s win and the school’s Principal, Paul Morrow, released a statement saying, “‘We’re proud of the message from the home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect.” YUP. *flips hair* Critics be damned, the lady won fair and square and they should know by now that intolerance never triumphs.
Campbell hopes to become a LGBT activist one day, and wants to let other transgender teens that they too, can break through cultural norms and live out their dreams in any gender. Her advice?
“Just to be true to themselves and to let people know around them and to not keep it bottled up inside.”
AMEN! And that statement should ring true for everyone out there, gay, straight, transgendered, cross-dressing, confused or otherwise. No matter what you’re dealing with, no matter how dark things get, you don’t have to deal with it alone.
Featured image via KTLA