Wear Rainbow For Affirmations Pride Prom

By |2015-05-14T09:00:00-04:00May 14th, 2015|Michigan, News|

FERNDALE – In honor of Ferndale Pride, the Carl Rippberger Youth Empowerment Program at Affirmations invites youth ages 13-20 to be young, fearless and fabulous at the Youth Prom beginning at 7 p.m. on May 30.
Held as an afterglow event to the first pride event in the state, Pride Prom will feature food, raffle prizes, a photo booth, music by DJ Tone and plenty of dancing. Attendees will have the opportunity to run for king, queen or ace of the 2015 gender neutral prom court.
Admission is free and youth are encouraged to show off their Pride spirit and wear every color of the rainbow. Attendees are welcome to wear tuxedos or ball gowns. However, formal dress is not required. Youth are invited to come as they are.
“Our gender neutral prom court allows youth to explore gender identity and expression in ways they may not be allowed to in other spaces,” said Victor Walker, Affirmations program coordinator. “We encourage youth to be their authentic selves at all of our events, and want them to feel safe and affirmed.”
This year wil be the first time the Pride Prom is hosted on the same day as Ferndale Pride with the goal of offering youth an opportunity to network, engage in social interaction and have fun with other youth with similar interests.
“Prom is about accessibility, not only related to sexual orientation or socio-economic status, but in terms of authenticity. Someone may be their authentic selves in a pair of jeans, flip-flops and a tank top,” said Lilianna Reyes, Affirmations program coordinator. “Prom this year will be an amazing event where youth can network and be their authentic selves. ”
For more information about Youth Prom, visit http://www.GoAffirmations.org/lgbtqyouthprom or contact Youth Program coordinators Lilianna Reyes via email at LReyes@GoAffirmations.org, Victor Walker via email at VWalker@GoAffirmations.org or by phone at 248-398-7105.

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