Despite claiming one of her lifelong dreams as this year’s Homecoming Queen at her high school in Huffington Beach, 16 year-old Transgender Cassidy Campbell wasn’t up for cheering. Instead, she cried due to the backlash she received after being announced as a winner.
Campbell, who has been stirring international headlines, has been the constant target of cyber bullying on the wake of her victory. In an uploaded video in her Youtube account a day after winning; “I’m so sad, I’m so distraught and so broken down and so upset and so deteriorated and so tired of the world,” she recounted, crying while she was still clad in her tiara and “Homecoming queen” sash.
Days before the grand event, Campbell has revved-up a social media campaign in an effort to win the coveted title. But it’s not just the glory of winning such a tremendous title; the reason goes deeper as to what she exclaimed as “doing this for the kids who can’t be themselves.”
She realized at a young age that she was trapped in a wrong body. Born as Lance Campbell, she shared that playtime doesn’t involve the usual toys for the boys like robots and cars. Instead, it was all about dolls and dressing-up.
According to Los Angeles Times, she began taking hormone blockers and estrogen injections during high school that she documented at her own Youtube account.
Competing for the tradition-bound and solely sex-segregated American staple that is usually highlighted as a fanciful achievement presented in Western Teenage movies, Campbell compelled that by winning such would be a feat. After all, Marina High School has a still small number but growing community of transgender teens and being acclaimed as part of this tradition equaled their opportunity to alleviate gender norms.
“If I win, it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was,” she said and fortunately, the school didn’t hinder her.
Principal Paul Morrow stated that, “If Marina High School is to make high-profile news during its homecoming week this year then we are proud that the message is one of equity and individual respect.”
Apparently, her triumph was short-lived when the drama has coiled-up at the end of the day. “And I don’t know why they have to be this way, when I’ve done nothing to them. It just hurts so badly because I feel just as much of a girl as all of them do… Everyone is just so ignorant,” Campbell said in her video.
Netizens are quick to comment about Campbell’s story. While some found her story inspiring, her break-down was seen as “too much of a drama.” Some opined that she must be ready to face the consequences.
“You cannot put yourself out there and not prepare for push back and backlash. It is surprising that no one advising her prepared her for negative feedback. She seems to be missing some sound counsel. Adequate preparation might have inoculated her from some of this excessive upset,” a Huffington-Post User, Stephen Stafford commented.