Landon Patterson is Oak Park High School’s first transgender homecoming queen. (x)
A transgender teen was crowned homecoming queen at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Landon Patterson won the title on September 5, becoming the first transgender teen at her school to do so.
Patterson previously identified as a gay male, but knew that something still wasn’t right.
“There was always something so much deeper inside me. I finally realized, I am female. I feel like I’m a girl on the inside,” she said.
When her dreams of becoming homecoming queen came true, Patterson was surprised.
“I’ve dreamed about it since my freshman year, but I never knew it was possible for me,” she said. “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. I’m just excited and hope this is going to help others out there.”
“She has so much strength that I just envy. She’s just beautiful and I love her,” homecoming queen nominee, Orie Agbaji, said.
“That’s my child. You have to back your children,” Patterson’s mom, Debbie Hall said. “The haters out there, I just want to say, ‘What would you say if it was your child?'”
After winning the title, Patterson said that getting her story out to the rest of the world is the most important thing.
“I’m hoping it’s helping other people in my situation because that’s my goal,” she said.