Transgender teens on both sides of the country are facing different situations when it comes to their homecoming Court. Cassidy Lynn Campbell, who has been living as a woman for the past three years, is one of the ten finalists for homecoming queen in Huntington Beach, California. Meanwhile, Kasey Caron is fighting for his right as a transgender male to run for homecoming king in western Pennsylvania.
Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell is making history in her Huntington Beach High School. Having always identified as a female, Campbell is familiar with adversity in response to her gender. However, when Campbell heard that she was in the top ten finalists for the homecoming Queen, she was overjoyed and ecstatic that her school recognized her as a female.
Despite the attention that Campbell has been receiving as a result of this election, the only thing that she wants people to know is that “it’s okay to be transgender and it doesn’t matter what kind of girl you are — you can still be a queen.”
On the East coast, Kasey Caron, a transgender male student in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was denied a spot on the homecoming ballot for the homecoming king because a driver’s license listed his gender as female. Caron debates that his license was changed to male. According to LGBTQ Nation, the school board Solicitor Timothy Leventry says that the law defines if a person is male or female.
“If you want to change legally to be a male in Pennsylvania, you have to have been certified by a physician who is qualified, and you have to have your birth certificate changed,” said Leventry.
Even with this information, Caron could still be placed on the ballot for homecoming king. According to the Tribune-Democrat, there are some people who are threatening to move their kids to private school if Caron is put on the ballot for homecoming king because they don’t want their children “exposed to that type of lifestyle.”
The final decision is left up to the school board who will decide at its meeting on September 23rd, twelve days before the school’s homecoming game on October 5th.