September 16, 2020
‘We finally had a Prom we deserved’
Prom is one of the most significant and memorable events of any young adults life but for people who don’t identify as heterosexual, prom can be quite an alienating experience.
That’s why Vicki Cook decided to create Queer Prom, to give those in the LGBT community another chance to have the best prom of their lives, a place where they can be themselves, dress up however they wanted and not be subjected to scrutiny. Take the person who they REALLY wanted to take to prom with instead of going alone or get a beard (Beard is a slang term describing a person who is used, knowingly or unknowingly, as a date, romantic partner (boyfriend or girlfriend), or spouse either to conceal infidelity or to conceal one’s sexual orientation)
This took place in Brighton last month so that members of the LGBT community who missed out on prom while at school could enjoy their own special night.
“Queer Prom came about out of a desire to change the narrative around LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of prom,” said Cook.
“We spoke with members of our community about their experiences of prom and no one had a positive prom story. Either they didn’t go to their prom or they went but weren’t able to have the experience that they wanted to because of their gender or sexuality among other things.”
With that in mind, the concept behind Queer Prom was born.
“The event was magical,” says Cook. “Everyone was clearly dressed how they would have wanted to back at their school prom and they looked amazing.
“The whole night was a dream and for so many of us, we finally had the prom we deserved.”
Sebastian Causton, one of the guests at Queer Prom, spoke about the significance of attending such a spectacular night.
“Last time I went to prom, I felt horrendously awkward in a long silver dress, with a pink shawl, ridiculously massive heels I could barely walk in, straightened hair and makeup on my face,” he said.
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go as me, in my true gender.”
“Queer Prom was an absolute dream.”
Following the success of Queer Prom, Cook hopes to expand the event across the country.
“We are planning on making Queer Prom a bi-annual event in Brighton (winter and summer) and preparations are already underway for our next event!” Cook said.
“We will also be taking Queer Prom on the road, such as to London, Bristol and Manchester, so keep an eye out for us!”
Source: The Independent
Here’s to more inclusive and LGBT positive events in the future.