Students Celebrate Pride Prom
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PALM SPRINGS - It's prom season at high schools across the valley but Friday night, teens are gathering in Palm Springs for a special prom just for them. It’s the LGBTQIA Pride Prom. Senior at La Quinta High School Alex Gomez says the Pride Prom is much different than your typical high school prom and he says that's a good thing. "You have a little bit more liberties to what you can do. A lot of people will show up in themes or more like homecoming. Its more casual and very intimate,” says Gomez.
Doug Hairgrove is the President of Safe Schools, an organization that works with the Gay-Straight Alliance in high schools across the Coachella Valley and even the high desert. He says having a LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allies) prom allows for kids who may feel like an outsider, to feel like they are part of something. "Here, they can be totally themselves and bring whoever they want to; come with a group or a date,” says Hairgrove.
Desert Sands Unified School District had many kids attend the Pride Prom. Consultant for the district Tori St. Johns says kids are bullied for a number of reasons but many of them are able to go home and find support, something she says is difficult for a gay student. "Gay kids don’t always have someone to mirrror back who they are. Kids that are bullied for religion or ethnicity or nationality, much of the time, can go home and see themselves in their families so they get support that way. But, you don’t always see that with a gay student. It’s harder,” says St. Johns.
If you thought only gay and lesbian students could attend, Gomez wants to make clear, all are welcome who are supportive. “We encourage allies to come. Allies are the backbone of the whole LGBT movement. Whenever we say we're here to support marriage equality, it's not just about gay people, it's about those people who agree with marriage equality and that includes allies,” says Gomez.
To donate, below is a link to Safe Schools Desert Cities: