Connor Ferguson is not the first transgender woman to be named queen of a high school prom, but the honour is still rare enough to make history. On June 22, 2012, the Trenton, Ontario, 18-year-old went to the prom in a full-length, leopard-print gown. She was nervous but determined to be part of the celebration.
Connor lives in the first Canadian province to have written an amendment to its Human Rights Code that prohibits discrimination against transgender individuals. Although no transgender teen has a bullying-free life, Connor has the good fortune to be in a school known for its openness and tolerance.
She wrote a beautiful e-mail to the CBC, explaining what life has been like for her since she began living as a woman four years ago. This is just a teaser, as I hope you’ll read the whole thing:
Overall I had a fabulous time! My prom was all I could have hoped for it to be, not only did I win the title of prom queen, but I got to spend some really fun time with the closest people in my life!
Sure I’ve had my ups and downs, my fights with some, my praise from others, but with the support of my family and friends, I have realized anything is possible. Being a transgender prom queen IS possible. Being happy IS possible. And acceptance for all is MORE than possible.
Connor’s courage in living an authentic life is inspiring. Her acceptance by Trenton High School students gives me hope.