The 18th Annual Alternative Prom Philadelphia 2013
Rolled in with a roar, The 18th Annual Alternative Prom Philadelphia donned a glittery Las Vegas theme and welcomed over 100 LGBTQ youth and allies to Houston Hall at University of Pennsylvania Saturday, June 21st. This yearly event offers LGBTQ youth an opportunity to attend Prom as an alternative to Proms held by non-affirming schools. The Prom Planning Committee has welcomed LGBTQ youth for 18 years, affording the Alternative Prom Philadelphia the title of longest running alternative prom in the nation. This years prom was organized by GALAEI and the Bseen Bheard Board along with help from Temple University Interns, all of whom serve and offer resources to the LGBTQ youth year round.
Las Vegas was a lofty and ambitious theme to tackle. However, this year the prom was as successful as any held before. I had the fortune of experiencing first hand the magic of Alternative Prom as both a youth and this year as an adult chaperone. Upon arrival at 7pm, the doors sprung open. The youth immediately filed into a formal dinning area where dinner awaited them on table tops draped in glitter, playing cards and dice. Following dinner, youth were lead into an upper floor auditorium to begin the nonstop dance party. Well, the party did stop at 11:00 PM but only after three hours of well scheduled and planned entertainment. Balloons, inflatable dice, chocolates wrapped in gold foil and flashing lights greeted the youth as they walking into a stately room filled with music and Attic Youth performers. The DJ gave way to a personality plus MC, Nefretari Sloan who energetically introduced performers from the Attic Youth Center and GALAEI. Prom ended on a couple high notes,”The Wobble” and finally with a circle enclosed Voguing battle. The youth blew up the room from Box Dips & Cat-Walks to Clicking, proving that years may pass but somethings never change.