“A MidSummer Night’s Prom” was indeed a night to remember.
Working closely with students from Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) organizations throughout the city, the Albuquerque chapter hosted a first-ever high-school prom for GLBT students and their allies. Over 100 students attended the event at the world-class Albuquerque Balloon Museum on Saturday, May 2, 2009.
Credit for success goes to the team of student volunteers who worked on planning the event. While PFLAG provided guidance and coordination, the students did all of the hard work, from selecting the venue to lining up the DJ, from fund-raising to selling tickets, from decorating to cleaning up. Adult volunteers (PFLAG members, parents, and GSA sponsors) served as chaperones, ticket agents, coat checkers, and beverage vendors during the prom, so that all the kids were free to have a safe and good time.
It was truly wonderful to observe the group of young people being themselves, being with their friends and making new friends, and enjoying an evening of dancing and socializing. In the years ahead, regular school proms may be so open, accepting, and welcoming that GLBT students will feel right at home. But right now it’s terrific to have an event that they can call their own.
PFLAG Albuquerque hopes to grow this into an annual statewide celebration. With the enthusiasm shown by students and adults alike at the prom, we are already looking forward to hosting next year’s event.