HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A transgender teenager in California said her selection as high school homecoming queen "shows the progression of the times."
Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a 16-year-old who was born male but now lives as a female, was named homecoming queen of Marina High School in Huntington Beach at a pep rally Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
At the pep rally, five finalists, including Cassidy, were called up in front of everyone and balloons were released from a box to announce the winner -- white for the princesses and yellow and blue for the queen, school district spokesman Tom Delapp said.
When it was announced that Cassidy had won, students cheered and ran from their seats to hug her, Delapp said.
"She was stunned. She kind of broke down on the podium," Delapp said of Cassidy. "She was shocked. She cried a lot."
"I was so proud to win, not just for me but for everyone out there," Cassidy told reporters afterward. "I think it really shows the progression of the times."