A transgender student recently elected homecoming queen at her Kansas City-area high school says she's happy to be in the spotlight and representing the transgender community.

Landon Patterson says it felt too good to be true on Saturday when the crown was placed on her head as Oak Park High School's homecoming queen.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1Kg3oxz ) reports Patterson has been a member of her school's co-ed cheerleading team and cheered as a boy as a freshman, sophomore and part of her junior year.

She announced in a video on social media in May that she was a girl, not a boy. The 17-year-old student says she was expecting a lot of hate, but that instead has received mostly support from her schoolmates.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com