VIDEO: Transgender teen named homecoming queen in Huntington Beach

  • Cassidy Campbell, 16, reacts after she is crowned 2013 homecoming queen for Marina High School on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Huntington Beach, Calif. 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. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Stuart Palley) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

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.

On Friday, her classmates chanted her name as she walked over to accept her prize in a green and pale pink gown.

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