Simcoe County’s third annual Pride Prom is coming up! Any student can attend, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, with a focus on LGBTQ youth and their allies. The goal of this event is to promote acceptance – not just tolerance – of members of the LGBTQ community. Grade 12 student Elizabeth Tapanila says that Pride Prom “is to give LGBTQ students a comfortable environment to enjoy and celebrate their school with allies throughout Simcoe County.” It is a way to show young people who are still in the closet that they have a safe community surrounding them if they do choose to come out.
Barrie Pride is a community partner in this event; part of their mission is to empower LGBTQ youth to be themselves. “Pride Prom is a unique opportunity for Simcoe County students to get together and have a great time – without the worry of being judged for who they are. The collaboration between the school board and Barrie Pride is a natural fit that brings the vitality we see at the annual Pride Parade directly to students from across the county,” says David Bradbury, Chair of Barrie Pride.
The Mardi Gras themed event takes place at Barrie Central Collegiate Institute on Friday April 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. Students requiring additional information should speak to their school’s GSA staff advisor. You can also learn more on the event’s Facebook page.