13/09/2013 09:01 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Transgender Teen Reaches Finals Of School's Homecoming Queen Contest

A transgender teen has had the last laugh at the bullies who tormented her – by reaching the finals of her homecoming queen contest.

Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16, was born biologically a boy and called Lance by his parents. But for the last three years, she has been living as a woman in Huntington Beach, California.

And she has now made history at Marina High School, when she was selected as one of the top 10 finalists for homecoming queen.

Cassidy Lynn has gained a large following on her YouTube channel where she has posted video clips to show her transformation from a boy to a girl. Some of her videos have received more than 500,000 views. She said she has always felt trapped in the wrong body, even as a child.

She said her openness about her sexuality had come at a price and that bullying was nothing new to her, including at school.

But she has defied the taunts by being nominated in the prestigious contest and said the nomination was more about her fight for acceptance as a transgender than the title of homecoming queen.

"Gay people have been brought into the limelight and it's a very touched on subject," she told