A transgender teen made history at Marina High School in Huntington Beach Friday night when she was named homecoming queen.
Cassidy Lynn Campbell was born Lance Campbell, but began living full time as a woman this year, the Los Angeles Times reported.
At first Campbell said running for homecoming queen was all about her own personal dream.
“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,” Campbell said.
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.
Campbell says her next step is to become more active in the LBGT community and fight for equality.
Her message to other teens like herself, “Just to be true to themselves and to let people know around them and to not keep it bottled up inside.”