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The Marina High School football team may have lost its homecoming game last week, but Cassidy Lynn Campbell came home a big winner.
KTLA-TV reports the 16-year-old from Huntington Beach, Calif., was named the school’s first transgender homecoming queen. Born Lance Campbell, she has been living as a female for three years, according to the station.
Initially, there was some negative reaction to her nomination, and Campbell says putting herself in the running for the crown, in the beginning, was just for her, KTLA adds.
“And then 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 during a press conference.
Campbell said she dropped to the ground and started crying when she realized she had won.
“I think that it really shows the progression of the times,” she said.
Marina High Principal Paul Morrow agrees.
“We’re proud of the message from home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect,” he said during the press conference.
On the heels of the win, Campbell says she will work with members of the LBGT community and work to promote equal rights, the station reports.
And for fellow LBGT teens, her message is simple: “Just to be true to themselves and to let people know around them and to not keep it bottled up inside.” We’d say that, alone, is worthy of a crown.