Transgender Homecoming Queen Suicidal? (Video)

Transgender Homecoming Queen Suicidal?

Transgender homecoming queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell has posted a disturbing video on YouTube in which she breaks down crying about the terrible bullying she has received in the last few days. Campbell won the title over the weekend at her high school’s football game during halftime. She’d nominated herself for the title in order to show the transgender community that trans people can achieve their dreams. But now, she’s had to face a huge backlash of negativity and cruel comments on social media. On the video, she can be seen crying as she explains the level of harassment and bullying she has endured. Her YouTube video verges on the expression of someone who may be suicidal.

What is most upsetting, though, is that she says she’s thinking of “giving it all up” and that she is “tired of life.” While crying, she explains, “Sometime I wonder is it even worth it, and if I should go back to being miserable and be a boy and hate myself and hate my life, just so everyone can just shut up and leave me alone. I’m so sad and so distraught and so broken down and so upset and so deteriorated and so tired of the world. I’m tired of life. And I know I need to be strong for the kids that I did this for and people I did this for, but I can’t right now.”

These words should be ringing major alarm bells with Campbell’s family, and with anyone close to her. Now is a time for her friends and everyone in her circle to gather around her and support her, in case what she is expressing are suicidal thoughts. Whenever someone says they are “so tired of the world” and “so tired of life” and says they are “broken down” and “distraught,” it is cause for concern.

It’s especially concerning because transgender people report a 41% total rate of suicide attempts by the time they are adults. For any 16-year old going through being propelled into the public eye, the stress levels experienced are tremendous. For someone transitioning his or her gender, that stress is compounded a thousand fold. For someone experiencing all of those things as well as getting bullied and abused by vicious social media commenters, the effect could be deadly.

It is vitally important for Campbell’s family to keep a close eye on the beauty queen as she deals with this huge life stressor. It might also be best for her to take a major break from social media. Since social media has been proven to reduce empathy and also self-esteem, partaking in Twitter, YouTube and Facebook may be the worst thing Campbell can do right now.

Other transgender people should reach out to Campbell as much as possible to let her know “it gets better.” It is simply heartbreaking watching this young lady in such obvious despair. It is our responsibility as a society to make sure this girl gets supported and protected by those who love her and by those who care about or empathize with what she is going through.

To all the people on social media giving this young lady a hard time: You should feel immense shame at your vast ignorance. If this transgender homecoming queen is suicidal, it is because of you. Shame on you! Here’s to hoping Campbell turns off the computer and spends some much-needed time with family and friends until the attention calms down.

By: Rebecca Savastio

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7 Responses to "Transgender Homecoming Queen Suicidal? (Video)"

  1. MARTHA RICHARDSON   September 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    HEY GIRL, WE ALL HAVE SOME HANG UPS, AND BEING TRANSGENDERED IS NO PIECE OF CAKE, WE HAVE SOMETHING MOST DO NOT HAVE IT MAKES US SPECIAL, IT A VERY SPECIAL GIFT AND YOU WERE CHOSEN. SO REALIZE WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE AND BE PROUD !, SCREW THAT OTHER CRAP, YOUR BEATING YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE WALL FOR NOTHING. YOUR A BEAUTIFUL PERSON INSIDE, LET HER OUT AND BE PART OF LIFE.

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  2. Rachel   September 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    This is very upsetting to me that you have to read those utterly cruel disgusting comments. I’m so hurt that your hurt girl and if i was there i would hug and cry with you, but don’t cry anymore because there are people around the world that love you and your life is going to be so much better when you grow up to be a beautiful woman that you are now. Please be with your family and get all the support you can, because your life matters to all of us deeply. Always believe in yourself girl…always:) Winning homecoming queen is every girl’s dream in highschool and you won yay so that crown should be kept in your heart and stayed there forever k My love to u..don’t give up, life is too precious. Hugs:)

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  3. Joan   September 23, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Don’t let all the negative things you’ve been told define you. You DO deserve to be happy. Spend time with the ones you know love you for you. I wish I could just tell you how it hurt me to see you so unhappy. Please don’t give up.

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  4. Andrew Davidson   September 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    This is pretty terrible. People who have made comments that have lead this person to feel they way they do (I purposefully have excluded any gender labels because I really don’t know what would be appropriate) should be ashamed of themselves. However, given the situation and given society, how did people really think this was going to go over. Is everyone just supposed to put their faith and their beliefs in a box? This exploitation was just a bad idea – treating this person as a pawn was just irresponsible. I’m with the author – this person needs to unplug for a bit. However, the media needs to start treating these situations as ‘no big deal’ instead of exploiting them in the name of journalism.

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  5. Rebecca Savastio   September 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I am hoping the article will be a call to action for other trans people to reach out to her with support. Thanks for your comments, Stephen. If we get a lot of positive comments maybe I can send them to her 🙂

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  6. stephen   September 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    please don’t give up so many people are proud of you! Stay safe and do not hurt yourself. please please you will get over this. UNPLUG and stop reading horrible things YOU HAVE THE POWER! UNPLUG!! call your gay center.. I LOVE YOU !

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