As the school year comes to a close and summer begins, high schools across the country will be hosting senior proms to celebrate their graduating seniors. However, prom season can cause anxiety for some LGBT youth, since many schools can restrict same-sex couples from participating in the teenage rite of passage.
That’s why Compass, the LGBT community center in Lake Worth, is planning to host its annual , a free event for LGBT youth in South Florida to celebrate themselves and their peers on May 24. Compass’ Youth Prom Committee’s fundraising efforts and donations provided by the community have helped bring Equality Prom to life each year since 2013.
“Equality Prom provides a fun and affirming environment for LGBTQ-plus teens that are often not allowed to attend prom as their authentic selves or bring the date of their choice,” said Amanda Canete, Compass’ youth program director. “Compass hopes to provide an accepting and fun-filled night that teens will look back upon as an important milestone in their formative years.”
According to Compass’ website, the event is open to both allies and LGBT youth and is aimed at high school students.
Canete hopes that the event will put LGBT youth at ease and connect them with other LGBT youth in South Florida. Another goal is to connect the youth with the many resources Compass provides the community with to help them stay connected, safe, and accepted, Canete said.
The theme for this year’s prom is Galactic Gala and will feature food, dancing, and fun. The Equality Prom is open to all LGBT youth in South Florida and is free for participants. Those wishing to attend should sign up at .
The event will be held at Compass, which is located at 201 North Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, Florida, 33418 on Friday, May 24from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. And, of course, be sure to dress to impress.