A teenager from the UK has just become the first transgender person to be crowned Prom Queen. 16-year-old Lori Beynon was born Luis but has always known that she was meant to be a girl. But on her prom night, she ‘didn’t feel like a girl, I felt like a queen.’
Lori of Cardigan began transitioning two years ago after coming out to her mother via a text message.
After she attended prom with her friends she was eventually deemed Queen, got crowned and was given a sash. Lori described it as the ‘best moment of her life.’
Keep on reading to see how Lori got to where she is today, and to see how much she dazzled on her prom night.
Bubbly and glamorous, the teenager now wears a skirt uniform while attending school and has also started hormone treatment.
However, Lori explained that she had never worn a ‘proper dress’ until the school’s prom, so she was excited that her classmates selected her as their Queen.
This is thought to be the first time ever that a transgender person has been crowned as either Prom King or Queen in England.
‘I was really excited to be going to prom anyway,’ Lori said. ‘It was the first time I had really worn a proper dress.’
Lori was wearing a spray tan and explained that she felt really good, but never expected to hear her name called.
From the age of three, Lori has felt like a girl, as she loved wearing her big sister Chloe’s clothing and playing with her Bratz dolls.
It wasn’t until she was a bit older and in school that she realized that the ‘outside didn’t match the inside.’
She began researching things about the transgender identity online at the age of 10, asking questions such as ‘what to do when you feel like a girl.’
Lori explained that when she was younger she used to put a towel on her head to pretend that she had long hair. ‘Being called ‘him’ and ‘he’ never really felt real to me. It always felt wrong. It was weird,’ she explained.
After reading articles and watching a few documentaries, Lori began to understand who she was and that her feelings were valid.
At 13 years old, Lori confessed to her mother that she wanted to have gender reassignment surgery.
Lori explained that her mother was extremely supportive after her text message confession. ‘She said, ‘I will support you all the way.’
Lately, Lori has been growing her hair, trying new girls clothing, and has started counseling at the Gender Identity Development Service at London’s Tavistock Clinic.
Lori attended her school’s prom earlier this month and described the feeling of winning prom Queen as ‘totally incredible’
‘It felt like I was a celebrity. It was pretty weird. I just want to go as far as I can to feel authentic to myself and who I am. Being prom queen was one step closer.’ Lori said.
Of course, her mom is super proud of her. ‘I’m not sure there’s been another transgender prom queen so I believe my daughter is the first.’ Hopefully, Lori’s success story will inspire other trans youth to be comfortable in their own skin.