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Affirmations Prom ReDeux 2024: Celebrating Love in Every Color of the Rainbow

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Sarah Bricker Hunt

Affirmations, Ferndale’s LGBTQ+ community center, welcomed guests to its annual Prom ReDeux on May 18. Promgoers relished the opportunity to get a prom “do-over” in a fully queer-affirming, loving space while dancing the night away and contributing to Affirmations’ mission to enrich the lives of the local LGBTQ+ community in myriad ways.

Affirmations Marketing and Communications Manager Marisol Dorantes-Silva told Pride Source the event is her favorite of the year. “The focus is celebration, queer joy and community,” she said. “We are intentional about the event feeling like a party that centers our guests. That means no program nor speakers.” Dorantes-Silva said the event included food, drinks, DJs, a tarot reader, selfie stations, a photobooth and a caricaturist, activities selected to help attendees capture and create memories with “the people who make us feel safe and loved enough to be our full selves,” she said.

The main highlight of the event for Dorantes-Silva, though, is guest feedback. “Listening to people speak about how the event gives them the opportunity to heal from past experiences is a beautiful reminder of how much Prom ReDeux matters,” she said. 

Affirmations Board of Directors Co-Chair Demetrike Wells-O’Brien posted about the event on Facebook. “Fear, insecurity and uncertainty prevented me from going to my high school prom,” he wrote. “Last night, thanks to Affirmations, I was able to finally experience something I never thought would be possible — my first PROM!”



“Even now, as a board member, this amazing organization is still serving as a resource and safe space for people like me to live our dreams as our truest most authentic selves,” the post continued. “It was so much fun, and I am incredibly appreciative to the staff and volunteers who made this night possible. Special shoutout to my incredibly handsome husband and prom date Patrick! There is no one else in the world I would have rather have had this moment with than you. I love you!” 



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