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After Coming Out In Her Junior Year, This Transgender Teen Was Voted Homecoming Queen

"It felt too good to be true."

Posted on September 14, 2015, at 12:56 a.m. ET

Landon Patterson, 17, was elected homecoming queen of her school in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday.


Landon Patterson, centre.

Patterson, a senior at Oak Park High School, came out as transgender in her junior year to a surprisingly supportive reception.

"When I came out as trans I was so afraid that I was expecting a lot of hate, but surprisingly there wasn't much at all," she told BuzzFeed News.

"There was some here and there but it was stuff that was never said to my face."

Patterson told BuzzFeed News she never thought being homecoming queen was a possibility for her, and the announcement "felt too good to be true".


"To be elected homecoming queen was an amazing feeling," she said.

"I was so excited that my peers felt so accepting of me and excited that I was making history for the trans/LGBT community."

Messages of support for Patterson poured in from friends, strangers, and the school cheerleading coach.

Words can not express how proud I am @LandonHavok! The goosebumps and warm fuzzies have yet to go away! #opslay

Congratulations @LandonHavok! You're breaking barriers! You deserve every bit of it. I'm so happy for you!! 🎉🎊😊

@LandonHavok 💕 I know we don't know each other, but thank you! Keep it up, girl!

Congratulations @LandonHavok on being crowned Oak Park Homecoming Queen of 2015! You deserve it!

Patterson said her message to other transgender kids at school is "do what will make you happy".

"Life is too short to try and please others," Patterson said.

"So be yourself and rock it with confidence. Confidence will take you a long way when you're different. It will let people know you're sure of yourself and that is a very hard thing to be.

"So do what your heart wants and rock it out. We aren't given enough time so it's important we do what makes us happy."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.