In a moving act of acceptance, transgender teen Landon Patterson was crowned as the Homecoming queen of her Missouri high school this past weekend.
“To have students and friends vote for me makes me feel loved for who I am,” said the senior, who is a member of the Oak Park High cheerleading squad.
“Just knowing that I did this, and that I just broke some barriers, I can’t even put it into words what I’m feeling right now,” Patterson said. “I’m just excited and hope this is going to help others out there.”
Sadly, those feelings of acceptance were not shared by people in another part of the state.
Two weeks ago in Hillsboro, Missouri, more than 150 students staged a walk-out after transgender classmate Lila Perry was given permission to use the girls’ restroom.
Fortunately for Patterson, her experience with her classmates has been much more positive, leading to the crowning that she described as a dream come true.
Watch a local report of the story below.