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    Posted on Apr 27, 2017

    BuzzFeed Is Throwing A Queer Prom And Here's How You Can Attend!

    The mission: BuzzFeed's Queer Prom will create a magical night of celebration that will be free of discrimination, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity, and open to everyone.

    BuzzFeed is throwing an inclusive, queer prom on May 13, 2017, and you're invited!

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    If you're a current high school senior in the United States, identify as LGBT+, and need a safe space for prom, apply online here for the chance to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend our celebration and star in a very special BuzzFeed Video series.

    You might ask: why is this important? Think, for a second, about the glorified, customary cotillion known as senior prom.

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    We've all had one, skipped one, or are nervously awaiting that special night that lies at the end of high school.

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    The jury's out on how important and sentimental prom is on an individual basis: sometimes, it's fiercely aspirational.

    For others, it's a dramatic disaster that will one day turn into a hilariously embarrassing anecdote.

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    But for most, prom is a fun, highly anticipated night where you can present yourself and your date in life's first press junket.

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    However, for queer-identifying high school seniors, the risks can be far less comical and prom can present an incredibly repressive hurdle in someone’s coming out journey. We're expected to formally present ourselves for the first time, not only in dress, but in romantic preference.

    Although it’s completely within a student’s legal rights to bring whoever they want and wear whatever they like, we’ve witnessed time and time again that the law doesn’t guarantee change when a more conservative school discourages their freedom of speech.

    And although we're slowly witnessing progress, visibility for queer students remains underrepresented in our schools and across media, and tangible examples of how a free expression of love and identity remain few and far between.

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    That's why BuzzFeed's Queer Prom aims to provide a safe space for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations to come together for the party they always dreamed of.

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    And if you're interested in attending on May 13, 2017, 4-5 select individuals from across the nation will be flown out for the event to star as our Prom Court in a BuzzFeed Video series. The rest of the high school seniors in attendance will be pooled from local Los Angeles schools.

    So cheers to all of the inclusive proms happening now and to the queer students and allies who support them! May the example we set today become the new traditions of tomorrow.

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    Regardless if you can attend or not, if you're a young queer-identifying person in need of resources, here's where you can find support from our community:

    LGBT+ Rights At Prom Information

    The ACLU

    https://www.aclu.org/issues/lgbt-rights/lgbt-youth

    • Includes basic resources for a variety of LGBT youth issues - here's where you can find more information regarding proms and formal dances.

    GLAAD

    http://www.glaad.org/publications/promkit

    • An entire prom resource kit, with links and news references, for LGBT+ students.

    LAMDA Legal

    http://www.lambdalegal.org/know-your-rights/article/youth-dances

    • A legal resource for your rights at school dances and functions.

    Health and Coming Out Services

    The Trevor Project

    http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/support-center

    • Includes issue specific-tabs with additional resources for coming out and sexual health.

    http://www.thetrevorproject.org/section/YOU

    • Trevor Project coming out guide/resources

    http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now

    • Links to talk to someone immediately on the phone, text, or online messaging.

    Human Rights Campaign

    http://www.hrc.org/resources/resource-guide-to-coming-out

    • Human Right Campaign guide to coming out

    Additional Coming Out Support

    Stonewall

    https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/coming-out/coming-out-young-person

    • LGBTQ services for those in the UK specifically

    Find a local LGBT Community Center

    http://www.lgbtcenters.org/Centers/find-a-center.aspx

    • Links to over 180 LGBT Community Centers in all 50 states

    Hotlines

    • GLBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)

    • Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386 (Trevor Project)

    Trans Health

    http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/

    • Links to best practices for trans routine health care services, mental health, etc and HIV prevention.

    Planned Parenthood

    https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/sexual-orientation-gender

    • Link at bottom to find a health care center where you can talk to someone about LBGTQ information, resources, and services.

    https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/safer-sex

    • Information about safe sex practices including the use of condoms, dental dams, sex toys, lubricant, etc.

    • Text “PPNOW” to 774636 (PPINFO) to talk to a health educator immediately