First ever Pride Prom

The MCCC Gay/Straight Alliance will premiere an LGBTQ friendly prom on Saturday, March 21, in the H building.

The dance is a red carpet pride prom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students and allies.

One may wonder why a separate prom is needed. Psychology professor Melissa Grey said, first of all, the prom is not separate or exclusive to LGBTQ students and allies. The dance is open to everyone. She believes that the event is crucial.

LGBTQ people benefit from space that is sanctioned as safe especially when so much of the world is fighting about whether or not a non-traditional lifestyle is acceptable, she said. 

 “The environment is often contentious, because the people who give money to organizations who fight marriage equality are often our neighbors, friends and classmates,” Grey said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Dancing will start at 8 p.m. and finish at midnight.

The theme of the dance is “Reflections.” The night will include a photo booth, dinner and dancing.  Music will be provided by MC Sound Solutions.

Advance dinner and dancing tickets are $25 and advance dance-only tickets are $5. Tickets at the door will be available at 8 p.m. for $7 only for cash transactions.

Advance tickets are available by contacting GSA advisor Penny Bodell at (734) 384-4316 or email at mcccgsa@monroeccc.edu. Advance tickets are available by cash or check only.

Tickets may be purchased online by visiting http://mcccgsa.bpt.me

Photo booth and light refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Preference will be given to MCCC and Monroe County High School students. Ages 16 and above are welcome and identification will be required. This is a drug and alcohol free, all-inclusive event.

The dress code is “dress as a star or come as you are.”

On Saturday Feb., 21, the GSA sponsored the “Formally Yours” clothing drive. Buyers and sellers came together at the La-Z-Boy center to swap new or gently used suits, dresses, shoes, handbags, wraps, jewelry and other accessories.

The Gay/Straight Alliance is a faculty advised student club at MCCC whose mission is to provide a strong, supportive community on campus to increase awareness and acceptance, as well as to provide resources regarding LGBTQ issues and culture.

Meetings are held every Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in A-173D. Join the mailing list at mcccgsa@monroeccc.edu for more information about meetings and events.