University of South Florida’s P.R.I.D.E. Alliance has begun preparation to throw its first gay prom on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center ballroom.
Although USF P.R.I.D.E. is “the oldest continuously funded gay student organization in the state of Florida,” according to their website, this year will be the first year they host a gay prom event.
The event is free and open to all students (gay or straight), calls for semi-formal attire and even offers incentives for students to attend, such as, prizes for best dressed. P.R.I.D.E. is throwing this gay prom for the individuals who were unable to go to their high school’s prom with their significant other or attend in whatever attire they wanted to wear; for example, a woman in a suit.
“I remember at my high school I couldn’t bring my girlfriend with me because they didn’t consider her my ‘date.’ I am glad USF is doing this so that her and I can dance together in the prom setting,” said Amber Harbour, a sophomore majoring in chemistry.
The P.R.I.D.E. Alliance is hoping for a good turnout so that this event can eventually become annual. The club is already looking forward to next year hoping to schedule gay prom around another popular event, F.C.P.C., the Florida Collegiate Pride Conference, which USF will be hosting.
With 133 people R.S.V.P –ing to the event on Facebook and another 174 students possibly attending, the gay prom will most likely be the place to be next Monday night.