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Affirmations youth prom a starry, starry night

By |2018-01-15T19:15:40-05:00May 10th, 2007|News|

FERNDALE – It was an evening written in the stars – or at least that was the theme of it – as Affirmations presented a Zodiac inspired evening for their eighth annual LGBT youth prom May 5. The beautiful new center building was awash with a sea of silver, gold and blue balloons while huge silver astrological signs hung in midair.
About 150 members of the youth program attended this year’s prom. They were a virtual billboard for self-expression as their finery for the evening ran the gamut from flip-flops to fabulous formal flocks – with the occasional pair of fairy wings fluttering through the crowd as well.
A buffet was served in the cyber cafe. Catered by Pronto, it consisted of several of their regular dishes, such as Pronto pasta, penne pomodoro, salad and focaccia bread. There was also a massive three-tier cupcake cake, as well as an assortment of cookies and other sweets.
When they weren’t dining or dancing, youth were treated to complimentary astrological readings in the Tarot Tent. They could also pose for free photos.
At 11 p.m., the winners of the royal court were announced. Katrina was named prom queen for the second year in a row. While Zanny was named prom king and Deandre was named prom ace, a new category at this year’s prom.
“It came out of a conversation that we had with our trans youth group about how there are people in our community who might not identify as either king or queen,” explained Laura Sorensen, Affirmations’ youth coordinator. “So what we wanted to do was add a gender inclusive option so that everyone could feel they had a chance to run to be on the court.”
Also winners on Saturday evening were Laurin, who was voted best dressed; Tray, who was voted best dancer; and Montego Bay, who took the award for most unique.
“I thought it was just a really magical evening,” Sorensen said. “It was so great to have it in the new space and I thought that really changed the overall feel of the evening because we were able to have it in our own building. It was great to see many new faces, as well as see all of our regular youth so proud to show off their new building.”

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael has been with Pride Source since 1999 and is currently senior staff writer. He has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author for his authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," released on his own JAM Books imprint.
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