This Beautiful, Brave Transgender Teen Got Crowned Prom Queen

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Anyone would be excited to be nominated for prom queen, but for Brooklynn Buenaventura, the honor was especially meaningful. The Renton High School teenager was born as Bruce and just a few years ago, attended the prom in a tux as a male and was nominated for king. "I really wanted to get out of that, I felt like I was hiding," she explained to King 5 News.

So this year, Brooklynn, who's in the process of transitioning, donned a pretty pink gown and went as her "true self." "I'm not hiding anything anymore," she says. "I'm still scared but it's about being brave. I want to tell other transgenders that it's okay to be out. We're not different."

Clearly, her classmates are seriously supportive of her new identity and voted her prom queen. Congratulations to Brooklynn! Being yourself is a beautiful thing.

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