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For many LGBTQ+ individuals, the traditional prom experience can be fraught with exclusion and heteronormative expectations. As per the National School Climate Survey, 26.5% of students reported that their schools prevented same-sex couples from attending school events, and 71.5% of LGBTQ+ students said they often or frequently avoid dances like prom.


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“A lot of Queer students have interesting relationships with prom. Maybe they didn’t have the best experience at their high school prom, so I think it’s really important for us to have an opportunity to have a good experience with a prom-like atmosphere,” said Macie Richardson, a member of the Spectrum Center’s staff.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity

The “Written in the Stars”-themed Pride Prom was a vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ identity and expression. The event featured a lively dance floor, a photo booth for capturing prom memories, tarot card readings, and a captivating drag performance. Organizers also prioritized accessibility, ensuring that a quiet room was available for attendees who might become overwhelmed during the festivities.

“We always think about accessibility,” Richardson explained. “We have a quiet room upstairs for people who might get overwhelmed during the event.”

Building Community and Celebrating Pride

The Pride Prom was just one of the many events organized by the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center as part of the institution’s Pride Month 2024 celebrations. Other events included a queer art showcase, a zine-making workshop, and a bisexual boba and board games event.

“A lot of Queer students have interesting relationships with prom. Maybe they didn’t have the best experience at their high school prom, so I think it’s really important for us to have an opportunity to have a good experience with a prom-like atmosphere,” shared Macie Richardson.

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