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Transgender homecoming queen crowned in Orange County (+video)

Transgender homecoming queen was crowned Friday night at an Orange County high school. But the crowning of a transgender homecoming queen comes as conservative groups work to repeal California's new transgender rights law.

Transgender high school homecoming queen crowned
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Orange County has crowned its first transgender homecoming queen.

The Orange County Register reports that 16-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history in the traditionally conservative county Friday night.

Upon receiving her crown, Cassidy became the Marina High School's 50th homecoming queen and one of few transgendered teens nationwide to receive such a title.

It also marked a lengthy road traveled toward acceptance by her peers and her self.

Cassidy, previously known as Lance, said she knew she was a girl from a young age. She'd gravitated toward Barbie dolls, lipstick and dresses and was excluded by male classmates for years because of it.

In middle school Cassidy told classmates she was gay to try to blend in. It wasn't until her sophomore year that she publicly dressed as a girl — on Halloween.

 

This year, as a senior, she came to school as herself. The school's staff encouraged her and she received mostly positive responses from students.

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