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Four girls at Marina High School in Huntington Beach lost the title of Homecoming Queen last night — but they gained a place in history. They’ll have a great story to tell their grandchildren — and in fifty years, there will probably be little doubt about its being a heart-warming one.
They lost to Cassidy Lynn Campbell, née Lance Campbell, a transgender 16-year-old youth. There have been reports that she is the first transgender Homecoming Queen in U.S. history, but I’ll wait for that to be confirmed (or not) by whoever keeps such records. Even if not, it’s still a big story.
Campbell has been living most of the time since junior high as a female — although because the concept of transgender was too complex for many of her peers, she settled instead for telling them that she was gay. (See the LA Times link down below.)
For those of you who, for whatever reason, haven’t seen one of Cassidy’s videos, here’s a good introduction:
Is Marina High School’s principal cool with this? Looks like it!
The 16-year-old did face some negativity over her nomination from fellow students, but she and Principal Paul Morrow are proud of the way the majority voted.
“Were proud of the message from home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect,” Principal Morrow said.
What about her parents? Here’s a quote that you really ought to read:
One night, about three months ago, she came clean to her mom.
“I was crying. That’s when I told her, ‘I’m taking testosterone blockers and I’m going to start estrogen soon with or without your consent,'” she recalled.
Her mom, Christine Campbell, told her she’d support her. Her father, slower to warm to the change, has not discouraged her. The teen’s now on hormone blockers and taking estrogen injections prescribed by an endocrinologist.
Cassidy’s transition has forced her to grow up faster than other kids, her mother said while dicing tomatoes in the family kitchen.
“I don’t want her to be who she is, and my religion says it’s wrong,” said her mother, a self-described born-again Christian. “But I think in the end, love is letting her be who she wants to be.”
I want to send out my greatest respect to Cassidy Campbell for doing something that was harder and braver than it may now look from tonight’s vantage point. Congratulations, best wishes, and greatest respect also to the students and staff of Marina High School Vikings, with one exception: that being November 8, when the Vikings host Edison. (Sorry, that’s the best I can do.)
Out of respect, I will not post the final score of today’s game against San Juan Hills. (Let’s just say that tonight I can empathize with you — and I shall say no more than that.)
UPDATE (with a hat tip to the Weekly): Cassidy Campbell is not done with you yet.
The Homecoming Queen Drama Continues:
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