On May 13, 2017 Buzzfeed is hosting an all-inclusive prom.
As everyone knows, prom is a night for people to get all glammed up and dance the night away with friends or significant others. Unfortunately, many of those in the LGBTQ+ community can’t have that “ideal night.”
However, for queer-identifying high school seniors, the risks can be far less comical and prom can present an incredibly repressive hurdle in someone’s coming out journey. We’re expected to formally present ourselves for the first time, not only in dress, but in romantic preference.
Although it’s completely within a student’s legal rights to bring whoever they want and wear whatever they like, we’ve witnessed time and time again that the law doesn’t guarantee change when a more conservative school discourages their freedom of speech.
There has been some progress made in High Schools, however Buzzfeed is coming together to throw a prom for those specifically in the LGBTQ+ community that will be free of discrimination regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity, and open to everyone. You can apply here to attend Buzzfeed’s Queer Prom!