Big Gay Prom was a Big Success!

Gay Prom 2012By Kelly Clark
Take one historic ballroom, add 245 LGBT youth and friends, 45 chaperones and volunteers, three sheet pizzas, 20 bags of chips, 25 two-liter bottles of soda, 26 door prizes, two lbs. of glitter and one smok’in DJ and what do you get? Rochester’s BIG GAY PROM!
On May 18, the Gay Alliance Youth Program held our annual prom in the beautiful Cathedral Hall of the Auditorium Center. This year’s theme was Gaga Gay Prom: Born This Way, a tribute to the love and support that pop diva Lady Gaga has shown for the LGBT community.
Youth from 43 different high schools in Western New York and 14 colleges and technical schools attended. Parents drove partygoers from as far away as Buffalo, Syracuse and Ithaca.
One highlight of the night was a visit from an older cast member of the play “South Pacific” that was running in the Auditorium Theater. He poked his head in and was just in awe! He remarked that his life would be so different if he had been able to attend something like this when he was younger.
The Gay Alliance sends heartfelt thanks to all who made the Prom such a great success this year: chaperones, set-up and clean-up volunteers, business that donated door prizes and food, parents, grandparents and others who supported youth in getting safely to and from prom — kudos!

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