A female student who has “transitioned” to identifying as a male has been crowned prom king at a Massachusetts High School in a vote made possible because teachers deemed her eligible.
Nicole “Nicholas” Bulman is a 19-year-old senior at Barnstable High School who began identifying as transgendered starting in eighth grade, the Cape Cod Times reported. She legally changed her name and, after what she calls years of consultation with a primary care doctor, endocrinologists, psychologists, therapists, and a support group, has undergone testosterone treatments and gender-transition surgery.
Her school community has reportedly been so overwhelmingly supportive that Barnstable teachers named him as one of five candidates eligible for this year’s prom king, according to teacher and Class of 2019 adviser Lyn Vazquez. “He’s just an all-around great person,” she said. “Teachers at Barnstable High School felt Nick was a great candidate.”
Bulman ultimately won, the Times reported in a follow-up, attending prom last week in a beard and full tuxedo, alongside friend and prom queen Kalyani Clarke.
“It just feels like a weight’s off my shoulders, like I can be more free and open with all those around me and I’m happy with myself,” Bulman told CBS Boston. Her mother, Jaime Gallagher, said she “love(s) the fact that Barnstable High School validated and acknowledged Nick in that way.” (Read more from “Transgender Girl Crowned Prom King at High School” HERE)