‘Pride prom’ and other events planned for this year’s Brockville Pride Week

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This year’s Brockville Pride Week will be taking place from June 3 to 9, with many events being offered for the whole community to enjoy.

As part of the festivities, the Brockville Public Library, in collaboration with Brockville Pride, is hosting a special pride event for 2SLGTBQ+ youths ages 13 to 18.

‘Pride Prom’ will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the library, with the aim of providing local 2SLGBTQ+ teens a place to socialize, dance and enjoy the beloved prom experience in a safe and supportive space.

The first ‘Pride Prom’ took place in 2016 and has become an annual celebration within the community. 

For several years, the library has run a weekly drop-in youth group for queer and trans youth in Brockville to gather, find community, and build relationships in a safe space with peer support. This is where the idea of a ‘Pride Prom’ was first conceived.

Brockvilleist spoke with the library’s communications coordinator, Julia Fansworth, to learn more about the event.

She explained, “the idea of offering a prom celebration during Pride Week began with a conversation at this youth group when kids expressed some discomfort about attending school formals and graduation ceremonies.”

Fansworth explained that “they wanted a safe place to celebrate graduating and the end of the school year where they didn’t have to worry about judgment from others about their dates or their outfits. The prom has been a popular event ever since, offering that safe place for LGBTQ+ youth to celebrate themselves and each other, and find queer joy and connection.”

When asked why it is so important to provide experiences like this for LGBTQIA+ youth, Fansworth told Brockvilleist that “unfortunately, not every place is truly safe for the LGBTQ+ community, especially for trans folks and racialized members of the community. Having a dedicated, inclusive space for even just a few hours each week allows these young people to exist authentically and to figure out who it is that they are, an important part of this stage of life for all young people.” 

Julia shared that this year’s theme is Enchanted Garden, and guests are encouraged to have fun with their outfits and dress on theme if they’d like.

“I asked the young people who attend our weekly drop-in group for their prom theme ideas and we held a vote, with Enchanted Garden receiving the most votes. Guests are encouraged to dress however they’d like, with the theme being an entirely optional jumping-off point.”

For more information on the Pride Prom and to register for the event, visit https://brockvillelibrary.libcal.com/event/3796754 . 

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