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This week in transgender high schoolers running for homecoming king, queen, whatever

Homecoming season is once again upon us, which can only mean one thing: stories about transgender high school kids running for king and queen.

At Richland High School in Johnstown, Pa., senior Kasey Caron is fighting for the right to run for homecoming king, reports area CBS affilaite WTAJ.

Caron identifies as male and is currently in some undetermined early stage of gender reassignment surgery.

School district officials have been reticent to allow Caron on the homecoming king ballot because he apparently still has a vagina and thus remains legally female.

On the bright side, Caron is on the ballot as a homecoming king nominee.

On Monday night, Caron presented the case for why she should be allowed to run for homecoming king. The pitch included showing a Pennsylvania driver’s license which categorizes Caron as male.

School board members said they wanted more time to consider Caron’s request. School board attorney Timothy Leventry appeared to counsel against it.

“The law defines whether a person is male or female,” Leventry told The Tribune-Democrat. If you want to change legally to be a male in Pennsylvania, you have to have be certified by a physician who is qualified, and you have to have your birth certificate changed.”

The Advocate notes that a guidance counselor proposed the bid for homecoming king bid when school started. Also, Caron’s family has been supportive. Supportive family members include two mothers, one father, some siblings and a transgender godmother.

The school board may have a public vote in late September. In any case, it will make a decision sometime before Richland High’s homecoming festivities, which are scheduled for the weekend of October 5.

Meanwhile, in Huntington Beach, Calif., male student Cassidy Lynn Campbell is seeking to become Marina High School’s first transgender homecoming queen.

“Yesterday at school, during fourth period, the announcements came on to name the official top ten [nominees] and I was one of them,” Campbell gushed to CBS Los Angeles. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! Are you serious? I actually got it?’”

“No matter what kind of girl you are, even if you are transgender, you can still be a queen,” Campbell added.

Campbell explained that he was born with various male appendages but has knew that he was actually a girl even when he was very young. Back then, Campbell was going by his given name, Lance. He picked up the new moniker three years ago.

The student’s mother told CBS Los Angeles that she has accepted the gender transition.

“It’s amazing. I just think how far we have all come,” the unidentified mom said.

The 2013 Marina High School homecoming queen will be announced on September 20.

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