A transgender teen in Huntington Beach, Calif., was named homecoming queen of Marina High School Friday night.
Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16, told The Los Angeles Times she always felt like a girl. Born male, she began taking estrogen injections and hormone blockers when she entered high school.
"If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was," Campbell said before the election. "But with all the attention, I realized it's bigger than me. I'm doing this for the kids who can't be themselves."
"She was stunned. She kind of broke down on the podium," school district spokesman Tom Delapp said of her win. "She was shocked. She cried a lot."
Her classmates chanted her name and friends ran down to hug her, Delapp told The Times.
“If this could help one child or more, hundreds or thousands or millions, then it was more than worth it,” she said.
Her principal told KCAL-9 News he is proud of the school and its student body.
"I was so proud to win, not just for me but for everyone out there," Cassidy said. "I think it really shows the progression of the times."