Middleborough teen becomes high school's first transgender prom queen

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MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Middleborough High School girl became the town's first transgender prom queen Tuesday.

Cody Tubman proudly donned her sash the day after the big dance. The teen tells FOX 25 she "came out" freshman year to her mother, Tammy.

"I leaned over and I gave him a big hug," said Tammy.

Cody began dressing as a woman around sophomore year and the high school was responsive to her needs, allowing her to use the female bathrooms and locker rooms.

"I thought people weren't gonna understand and that's what I was afraid of. But, people did understand," said Tammy.

Principal Paul Branagan expressed his pride in the student body's atmosphere of acceptance.

"This is a community and a school community in particular that is very accepting and I think that's a true testament to that," said Branagan.

Cody was the belle of the ball Tuesday as she proudly wore her tiara.

"It was surprising and it was exciting, cause I was like, we're coming really far," Cody explained.

The teen is off to Eugene Lang College in New York to study visual and performing arts in the fall, carrying with her the support of her classmates and a confidence all her own.

"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," said Cody.