Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history last week when her fellow classmates at her high school in Huntington Beach, Calif. crowned her homecoming queen.
The day after taking home the crown from a pool of nine other contestants, Campbell posted a shocking and tearful video online telling viewers that she was "so distraught" and had been the victim of an immense amount of bullying and criticism since her win. In response, the young queen received an outpouring of support, including an invitation from "NOH8" photographer Adam Bouska to take part in the campaign.
Prior to winning the crown and experiencing backlash against her gender identity, Campbell stated that:
"I'm a girl and if my school could recognize me as what I've always wanted the world to recognize me as my entire life, then it would be such an accomplishment... It's okay to be transgender and it doesn't matter what kind of girl you are -- you can still be a queen."
Campbell is also a popular YouTube blogger. Check out some of her previous videos here, including many that focus on visual gender transformation.