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Transgender homecoming queen fights bullying with NOH8 photo

Transgender homecoming queen fights bullying with NOH8 photo

Marina High School Homecoming Queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell, considered the first transgender student to hold such a title in a US public high school, released a NOH8 photo.

The NOH8 campaign started in 2008, after California voters passed the anti-gay marriage ballot measure Proposition 8.

Celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley started the project, which entails subjects being photographed with duct tape over their mouths and ‘NOH8’ painted on the cheek.

‘The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more,’ the NOH8 website says.

Campbell said running for homecoming queen was initially all about her but that changed as she began to see the bigger picture.

‘I realized it wasn’t for me anymore and I was doing this for so many people all around the county and the state and possibly the world and I am so proud to win this not just for me, but everyone out there,’ the 16-year-old student told KTLA after her 20 September selection.

While she has received support and congratulations, Campbell did put out a YouTube video to describe the negative comments she has received.

‘I don’t understand why people have to be so ignorant and not understand. I am a girl, and I’ve always felt like a girl ever since I was a baby… I just want to be happy because I deserve to be happy, just like any other human. To be happy is all I want,’ she said in the video.