Chloe, a student at Mascoma High School in Canaan, New Hampshire, began questioning her gender two years ago, at the age of 14. She first came out as gender-fluid, but later realized she identified as a transgender girl. While attending a summer leadership program, The NH Teen Institute, she met Reagan Murphy, a student at Southern New Hampshire University who competed in Miss NH beauty pageants with a platform of working for gender, sexual, and romantic minority advocacy. Chloe was excited to learn that the Miss NH organization was inclusive of transgender girls competing, since she is interested in pageants herself. With Reagan’s guidance, Chloe won the “People’s Choice” award at her first-ever pageant.
“Reagan let me borrow her dresses, did my makeup- everything a big sister would do,” said Chloe. “When I got to my first pageant, I was nervous that people might not include me, but in reality, everyone was super nice and accepting.”