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Transgender student elected homecoming king at high school in New Hampshire 'by a landslide'

Ray Ramsay came out as transgender to fellow Concord High students last year
Photo: Concord Monitor

Ray Ramsay has made history at Concord High School in New Hampshire by becoming the first transgender student to be elected homecoming king.

The 17-year-old senior came out to fellow students as transgender last year asking people to call him Ray instead of Rachael and to use the pronoun 'he' instead of 'she.'

Ramsay was nominated for king by the school's LGBT club Tide Pride which had in previous years had a nominee - a gay male student - elected king.

Senior class adviser Lisa Lamb tells the Concord Monitor that Ramsay won the title 'in a landslide.'

'Ray’s a huge part of our school,' Lamb says.

Ramsay is a member of the marching band, is involved in theaters and does morning announcements once a week.

The student says he not only has a supportive environment at school, but also at home.

He recalls a conversation he had with his father shortly after coming out as transgender: 'He goes, "You know, can you imagine if you had been born like 20 years ago? What would be going on? Would you still be like this?" I was like, "I probably would, just not as publicly."'

Last month, transgender teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell was crowned homecoming queen of Marina High School in Huntington Beach. Campbell then became the target of online hazing and broke down in tears in a YouTube video talking about the backlash.

She has since gone on to pose for the NOH8 campaign.

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