Pride Prom reflects acceptance

The Monroe County Community College Gay/Straight Alliance premiered the LGBTQ friendly prom on Saturday, March 21st   in the Health Education building.

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

“This is wonderful, we’re making history here and it’s about time,” student Kim Ruttenberg said.

Members of the Gay/Straight Alliance were thrilled with the outcome of the dance.

“I think it’s been a great experience, it’s been great for the LGBTQ youth,” GSA co-chair Ian Leach said.

GSA advisor Penny Bodell was glowing.

“I think it’s going wonderful, the decorations came out beautiful, we have a few high school students here and it looks like they’re having fun,” she said.

Penny and her husband Brian enjoyed each other’s company on the dance floor.

“He’s the bouncer,” she laughed.

Doors opened at 6 p.m. and dinner was served at 6:30 p.m. Dancing started at 8 p.m. and finished at midnight.

The theme of the dance was “Reflections.” The night included a photo booth, dinner and dancing.  Music was provided by “MC Sound Solutions.”

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. 

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.