Last year, Buzzfeed hosted their very first Queer Prom in Los Angeles as an opportunity to bring LGBTQ+ students together to attend prom for the first time, in a safe inclusive space and it was magical.
Wait, hold up, why are they hosting a queer prom?The reality is that although prom is for "everyone", it has often lacked the inclusion and acceptance our queer hearts have desired. Many have opted out from their own proms for that very reason. Initiatives like Buzzfeed's Queer Prom help shed light on the fact that proms need to level up their inclusivity and truly create a safe space at prom, for all.
"For most, prom is a fun, highly anticipated night where you can present yourself and your date in life's first press junket. 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." – Eugene Lee Yang
Here's a recap of last year incase you missed out on all of the excitement:
This year, Queer Prom is back for its second annual bash but this time, in New York City.
The evening is set to feature a red carpet, dancing, music, interactive experiences, special guest appearances, and a Prom Court crowning ceremony. Queer Prom will also be cohosted by Buzzfeed's very own Curly Velasquez and Jazzmyne Jay Robbins.
Important details you should know:
Who: LGBT-identified high school or college students
What: Seriously, I've already told you – QUEER PROM
When: Friday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Manhattan, NYC
How? Apply here
Okay seriously, this all sounds 100x better than any prom I ever attended. Passionfruit will be there in spirit...and in your gift bags. Happy prom, queerios!