What an inspiration Oak Park High School’s Landon Patterson is! Amidst a cheering and adoring court, Patterson accepted her crown graciously saying she thought everyone was equally deserving of the honor.
“It was so overwhelming for me because she deserves that, she deserves nothing but the best in life because she gives nothing but the best to the people that she comes across,” friend Kimmy Crane-Allen told Fox4KC
Patterson had lived her life identifying as a gay male until last year when she began living her authentic gender. Transitioning while a cheerleader and show choir member she said she had hoped for acceptance as a woman, but being in the court let alone being crowned homecoming queen was only a dream.
“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,” Patterson explained.
Patterson’s mom, Debbie Hall, rode alongside her daughter during the homecoming parade. Hall said she sees no other option than to support and love her daughter.
“That’s my child. You have to back your children. The haters out there, I just want to say, ‘What would you say if it was your child?'” Hall said.