LGBTQ+ Teens “Blast Off!” at Queer Prom

Bailey Van Wagoner, Business Manager, Managing Editor, and Web Editor

On April 20th, the Utah Pride Center put on their 14th Annual Queer Prom event. The event was held at the Salt Lake Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, and LGBTQ+ teens and allies came from across the state to dance, meet people, and have fun.

For LGBTQ+ teens across Utah, it can be difficult to find a safe place to express one’s identity freely. For this reason, many of these kids do not feel comfortable at school activities or community events. The goal of the annual Queer Prom (and all the Pride Center’s events) is to provide that safe place for LGBTQ+ youth to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves among their peers.

Chaperons guided hundreds of excited kids into the event center and into a large conference hall upstairs. This year, the theme was “Blast-Off!”, so attendees dressed in their best space gear, and were welcomed by space-themed decorations of flying saucers, lasers, and stars.

The main room was lit only by lasers as a DJ blasted music for the crowd and drag queen performers to dance to. In case the attendees needed a break from the dance floor, chaperons set out a table with platters of fruit and plenty of water for tired dancers. A separate room next door labeled the “Chill Room” provided ear plugs, coloring pages, space goggle crafts, and chairs for any overstimulated attendees. For youths tired of dancing, the Pride Center provided a high-quality photo booth, tarot card readers, and information booths for their attendees.

To conclude the night, the Pride Center thanked everyone for coming and handed out party favors with important resources for LGBTQ+ youths. Even though these kids will have to wait a full year for the next Queer Prom, they can enjoy all the other events at the Pride Center year round.

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