Transgender prom queen crowned in Mass. high school

Cody Tubman, who was born a male, was selected prom queen by her classmates at Middleborough High School in Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts teenager who became her high school's first transgender prom queen says she hopes she'll be an example for others.

"People need a leader and someone to look up to and someone to help them through the process themselves, so I think I could do that," Cody Tubman told Fox 25 News.

Tubman was the belle of the ball Tuesday as she proudly wore her tiara after being selected prom queen by her classmates at Middleborough High School in Middleborough, Mass.

"It was surprising and it was exciting, 'cause I was like, we're coming really far," Tubman told the TV station.

Tubman, who was born a male, "came out" her freshman year to her mother, Tammy.

"I leaned over and I gave him a big hug," Tammy Tubman told Fox 25.

Cody started dressing as a female around her sophomore year. The school was accommodating, allowing her to use the girls' bathrooms and lockers.

"This is a community and a school community in particular that is very accepting and I think that's a true testament to that," Principal Paul Branagan told Fox 25.

"I had like two people at the school (say) 'You're a boy, you should be prom king.' Well, I'm a queen," Tubman told Fox 25 with a big laugh.

QUEEN FOR A DAY

It's not the first time a transgender person has been crowned high school prom queen.

Seniors at McFatter Technical High School in Davie, Fla., elected Andrew Viveros their 2011 prom queen. The then-17-year-old was born male but had publicly presented herself as female for two years.

Last year in Canada, Connor Ferguson, a transgender student, was crowned prom queen at an Ontario high school.

Last month, Tony Zamazal, a 19-year-old transgender student at Spring High School in Houston, won the right to wear a dress and heels to the senior prom. A school administrator previously told Zamazal that wearing a dress would be "unacceptable" because boys have to wear tuxedos and girls must wear dresses.

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