MIDDLEBORO (CBS) – Cody Tubman had a dream prom night, the perfect dress and then the crown to go with it.
Cody was voted prom queen of Middleboro High School.
“I was all smiles,” Cody says laughing. “We were standing there and they announced I was prom queen. So I was like ‘oh yay, so exciting,’ But it was kind of surprising.”
It was surprising because Cody is transgender.
She was born a boy but she started dressing as a girl when she was a freshman in high school. She says she feels more confident and comfortable in her body.
The other students, most of whom had known Cody since elementary school were by and large accepting. Cody says her teachers were also supportive.
Of course being different does present challenges, even at a school as tolerant as Middleboro.
“You’re always going to have people that don’t understand you and if you’re different it’s going to be hard,” Cody says.
Being voted prom queen was validation that other students like Cody for who she is. (Continued…)