“Well I went to the prom many years ago. I don't think I'll give the year because you never ask a woman how old she is,” laughs celebrity host Rajee. “At the time that I went to the prom back in the eighties I went as the pretty boy image of myself. But believe me the young teenage girl of the trans woman that I am today was definitely there inside of me. Having the opportunity to attend a prom as my authentic self was an awesome experience.”
Recently, while the world watched Floyd Mayweather’s historic victory, members of the LGBT community were creating memories at the first ever TransInclusive Prom. The event was created by the Translnclusive Group which holds office at the Pride Center.
Anticipation for prom was high, and as promised, they delivered on many levels. From the moment guest walked in they were treated to cocktails, great music from DJ Young Mal, delicious soul food prepared by April Chanel, breathtaking décor by KR Touch, while vivacious hosts Jsa Jsa and Rajee served the comedic relief.
“I think the highlight of the evening was when the TransInclusive Group stood to share their reasons for being part of the group and the great things that are in store for the future for the TransInclusive Group, expressed Lorenzo Robertson Emerging Intervention Manager from the Pride center Florida. “It was a surreal evening going to prom with my husband. That was an epic moment for me and our relationship. It really gave us an opportunity to dress up in our Sunday finery and have grand night.”
This year’s prom was filled with standout moments, like when Calypso Monroe performed the popular Carlos Santana remake “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khalid, Bryson Tiller, and Rihanna. Not only did she do Rihanna justice, she wore the same outfit from the video. Onlookers loved every minute of her sashaying in the pink off-the-shoulder top and pink floral leggings.
Audience members got a special treat when Tayanna Love performed her version of “All the man I need” by Whitney Houston. Tayanna eloquently commanded the crowd in her floor length-body hugging red sequin gown. I’m sure Whitney was proud of the way she took everybody to “church,” all while perfectly whipping her train at the same time.
Aside from the performers, the fashion was on point from prom goers also. People showed up with big hair, flapper style head pieces, feather boas, metallic blazers, there were also some thigh high slits reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez.
Out of all of the fashion, nobody made a bigger splash than the first ever TransInclusive Prom king and queen, couple Zahne and Cenitra Williams of Fort Lauderdale. It was nothing but good energy in the room. Host Jsa Jsa even managed to sing happy birthday to a woman celebrating her 62nd birthday.
This year was deemed a success, so the pressure is on to produce an even bigger event for next year.
Jessmarie Gonzalez the Health Promotion and Marketing Associate attended this year’s prom, she shared some advice for those thinking about attending next year, “Well for starters, it is your right to attend your prom as your true authentic self. You have earned it through hard work and dedication. So don’t let anyone take that right away from you. For those of you that did not attend prom, or might have had a bad experience at your prom, do to your sexual orientation or sexuality consider this a do over. It was well organized and a lot of love and hard work went behind it. From soul food to great music and entertainment, the TransInclusive Group truly did a good job and you will not want to miss it.”
TransInclusive Group meets every Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Pride Center Florida, 2040 N Dixie Highway Wilton Manors, FL Building B. For more information contact 954-662-0737