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At 8 p.m. on June 5th, the AS Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) will host Pride Prom, an event celebrating not only the finale of Pride Month, but the end of another year of LGBTA services and events. The dance will take place at the VU Multipurpose Room and admission is free.

Since many high schools are still not comfortable with same-sex couples attending proms and other dances, Pride Prom gives students a chance to have the prom they may have never have had in a friendly, welcoming environment.

“It has the tradition of being the last LGBTA event of the year,” LGBTA Coordinator Elle Peters said. “It’s really easy to plan out because it pretty much involves putting out free food and music. It’s just really fun.”

The theme, “Show Your Colors,” encourages students to dress in vibrant colors and reflects the dance’s overall theme of acceptance and celebration of queer people. The dance is semiformal, and like any other prom, Pride Prom will feature music (provided by KUGS), refreshments and of course, dancing.

The dance is the final event of Western’s Pride Month, a month-long celebration of individuality and queer pride. Other events during May included the first performance of the Queer Experience, a collection of monologues celebrating queer individuality, and the Condom Fashion Show, an event that celebrated safe sex, sustainability and all identities.

The “Show Your Colors” theme was inspired by a similarly-titled monologue performed at the Queer Experience.
Peters said that the event provides a space for queer students to socialize in a safe environment.

“I think that campus itself is very queer-friendly, but it’s good to have an event that is queer-friendly where people can come and be supported for being queer-friendly,” Peters said. “Those spaces can be very hard to come by.”

Other schools and organizations have also embraced the idea of Pride Prom. In areas that might not be as welcoming as Western, Pride Prom (or Queer Prom as it is sometimes called) can serve as an alternative to more “conventional” dances, while also giving queer individuals a chance to dance and socialize in a safe space.

The LGBTA, located in VU 515, provides resources on gender and sexuality as well as guidance and counseling. For more information on LGBTA services, visit lgbta.as.wwu.edu.