LGBT History Is Made As California Teen Becomes Nation’s First Transgender Homecoming Queen

Another milestone in LGBT history took place Friday when California teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell became the country’s very first transgender student to be voted homecoming queen. The 16 year-old who attends Marina High School in Huntington Beach. Calif.

“I’m so proud to win this not just for me but for everyone out there and for every kid — transgender, gay, straight, black, white, Mexican, Asian,” Campbell said after being crowned. “It doesn’t matter, you can be yourself.”

Cassidy CampbellThe newly-crowned queen was born Lance Campbell but has been living as female for the past three years.

“Knowing that it was only my school and only my student body makes it even more special because they voted for me,” said Campbell. “They all wanted me, and the majority wanted me to win.”

Marina High School principal Paul Morrow supported Campbell from the time she was nominated. “Were proud of the message from home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect,” Morrow told KTLA.

Campbell sees her victory as one for all LGBT people.

“Whether I won tonight or not, I was a winner from the beginning and I knew it. I put my message out there. If this can help one child or more or hundreds or thousands or millions, then it was more than worth it,” she said.