See Update No. 4 on Page 2 about Cassidy Lynn Campbell posting a video where she says she is sad due to the haters. Update No 3. is on her being crowned homecoming queen Friday night. Update No. 2 is on her being voted to the homecoming court. Update No. 1 is on a media watchdog blasting a news and opinion site editor for trashing the history-making transgendered student.
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 10, 9:41 A.M.: If she wins, a Marina High School homecoming queen candidate would reportedly make history. No, Cassidy Lynn Campbell would not be the first ever to have a tiara placed on her head without bitchy death stares from the runners-up. It's said the 16-year-old Huntington Beach resident would be the nation's first transgendered homecoming queen.
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She'll find out whether she received the most votes on Sept. 20, reports CBS2′s Stacey Butler, who spoke with Campbell as the teen prepared for a back-to-school dance Friday.
Refreshingly, Campbell told the reporter the majority of her classmates have embraced her being transgender. She's always been known as a girl to them despite being born a boy named Lance. Hey boy-to-girl transformation videos have hundreds of thousands of YouTube views.
Campbell obviously understands how symbolic it would be to win the homecoming queen crown (although it's an honor just to be nominated blah-blah-blah ...)
"I'm a girl and if my school could recognize me as what I have always wanted, the world has always recognized me my entire life, that would be such an accomplishment," she reportedly told Butler.
Her mother does confide in the piece it is difficult to take haters on social media. No one wants to see their child hurt, physically or emotionally. But in the same breath the mom explains she's embraced her former son becoming her daughter--and being put out there now as a potential homecoming queen.
Mom's words hopefully echo what can be said of society as a whole: "It's amazing, I just think how far we have all come."
UPDATE NO. 1, SEPT. 12, 12:52 P.M.: A progressive media watchdog group is blasting the education editor of a news and opinion site founded by Tucker Carlson and a former adviser to Dick Cheney for posting that Cassidy Lynn Campbell is "running for homecoming king, queen, whatever."
Eric Owens was actually poking fun at two transgender homecoming students, notes Media Matters for America, which like Owens' The Daily Caller is based in Washington, D.C.
Owens referred to Campbell as a "male student" running for homecoming queen and noted that Pennsylvania school officials moved Kasey Caron from the homecoming king ballot to the queen ballot because the student who identifies as a male "apparently still has a vagina."
"Owens' piece adds to a steady stream of anti-LGBT commentary at The Daily Caller," reflects Media Matters. "The website has become a reliable defender of Russia's crackdown on LGBT people, while Owens has used his platform as education editor to deride the 'big fuss' made by transgender students seeking equal rights and to express his outrage over a college assigning students a book featuring gay characters."
UPDATE NO. 2, SEPT. 20, 2:33 P.M.: Cassidy Lynn Campbell is one step closer to being crowned Marina High School's homecoming queen tonight.
She was reportedly named today to the homecoming court, making her one of five girls who received enough votes to be finalists for the top honor that will be bestowed at halftime of Marina High's 7 p.m. football game, according to City News Service.
The other girls in the homecoming court were identified as Shellim Duke, Cassidi Palma, Amanda Tran and Courtney Waked.
Campbell reportedly told the Los Angeles Times she realizes the homecoming race is "bigger than me" and that, "I'm doing this for the kids who can't be themselves."
UPDATE NO. 3, SEPT. 22, 6:07 P.M.: Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history Friday night, being crowned Marina High School's homecoming queen.
"I'm so proud to win this, not just for me but for everyone out there and for every kid--transgender, gay, bisexual, straight, black, white, Mexican, Asian--it doesn't matter, you can be yourself," she is quoted as saying via City News Service.
She expressed pride in her school, administration and the student body "for making this happen."
"That's what means more to me than anything," she reportedly continued, "that they chose me."
UPDATE NO. 4, SEPT. 23, 9:36 A.M.: Wearing her crown and sash, new Marina High School homecoming queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell is already seen sobbing and saying she is unhappy about her win in a video she posted on the YouTube channel that she mostly uses to document her transition. (Hat tip to LAist:)
Why? Negative comments from haters.
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"I'm always looked down upon ... Sometimes I even wonder if it is even worth it and whether I should go back to being miserable and being a boy," she says through the sobs at one point.
Campbell also wonders if she can live up to being a role model.
By the way, the LAist post ends with info she and others should keep handy courtesy of GLAAD's transgender resources: The Trevor Project's 24/7 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866.488.7386), Trevor Chat, the Trevor Projects' online messaging service, or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).