Lori Beynon was crowned Prom Queen at her school in Wales.
Her fellow students awarded the position when she received the most votes.
‘I just want to go as far as I can to feel authentic to myself and who I am,’ Lori said. ‘Being prom queen was one step closer.’
Crossing the stage to receive her sash and crown was one the scariest but best moments of her life. Her classmates applauded her throughout.
‘I’ve always wanted to dress like a girl’
Lori knew she was trans from the age of 10 after taking to the internet to understand why she was feeling the way she was.
Then she came out to her mother over text when she was 13.
Before prom night, she had only ever worn skirts but never a ‘proper dress’.
Lori explained: ‘I’ve always wanted to dress like a girl and present myself as a girl.
‘Being called “him” and “he” never really felt real to me. It always felt wrong. It was weird.
‘I knew I was a girl. I didn’t think or know I was any different. It was only when I got older that I started to realize that the outside didn’t match the inside.’ She said.
‘When I was about 10, I searched on the internet for “I feel like a girl and I don’t know what to do”.’