After weeks of planning and preparation, the OutCenter in conjunction with Lake Michigan College's Gay Straight Alliance hosted the third annual Queer Prom! The event was held at the Oakroom at the Citadel on April 16 frm 6 pm to 9pm. This year was a definite success for the OutCenter and the teens they serve. More than 16 cities and towns were represented and students from more than 13 schools attended the prom making this the largest turnout Queer Prom and the Teen Pride Program has seen!
The theme was A Night on Broadway and thanks to the volunteers from LMC, the Oakroom was a wonder of lights, streamers and a huge dance floor. In classic prom tradition, students quenched their thirst with punch and nibbled on finger foods between dances. All of this could not have been made possible without the help of Eve and Carmen, students from St. Joseph High School who made the dream a reality.
Their Senior Project fundraiser, A Night for Equality, featured local talent from multiple age groups and genres. It was a huge sucess, an event steeped in education, empathy and equality for all. The fundraiser took place at Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and had a goal of $300 in donations and ticket sales. By the end of the night, the fundraiser tripled the goal and, as of Prom night, donations were still being received! Thank you to all the supporters for helping make a night for queer teens across Southwest Michigan and our tricounty area!
For more information on a Night for Equality, read Carmen's article on how the event opened her heart and her eyes to the needs of her LGBT peers.