I’ve always been underwhelmed by the endless heterosexist pageantry of US high schools. I might have to rethink that one. Cassidy Lynn Campbell, who is transgender, has just been elected homecoming queen of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. From the LA Times:
“If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was,” Cassidy, 16, told The Times before the election.
“But with all the attention, I realized it’s bigger than me,” she said. “I’m doing this for the kids who can’t be themselves.”
On Friday, at Marina High’s homecoming pep rally, the field of 10 homecoming queen candidates was thinned to five — Cassidy among them.
At halftime, school district spokesman Tom Delapp said, the five finalists were called up and balloons were released from a box to announce the winner — white for the princesses and bright yellow and blue for the queen.
“She was stunned. She kind of broke down on the podium,” Delapp said of Cassidy. “She was shocked. She cried a lot.”
Students started chanting her name and then ran down to give her a hug, he said.
Please check out the entire story. It’s a GREAT way to start the work week. Three cheers for Cassidy Campbell and her FABULOUS classmates. They are OUR future and, in many instances, our present.