As part of the OK2BME Youth Leadership Group (aka the GSA Squad) we are in charge of picking the theme, deciding on the poster, making the decorations and organizing the overall experience for the Pride Prom.
An Enchanted Forest, By Members of the GSA Squad
As part of the OK2BME Youth Leadership Group (aka the GSA Squad) we are in charge of picking the theme, deciding on the poster, making the decorations and organizing the overall experience for the Pride Prom. We meet together every other Tuesday to make decisions, discuss plans and sometimes just eat pizza. The leadership group gives us a place to work with others and give back to the community. Having youth plan youth events helps to make the events more interesting and appropriate while also giving the youth a chance to be involved.
We chose to have an enchanted forest theme to make the evening extra magical. Our hope is to make it feel like we’re enveloped in nature with endless possibilities. We had lots of ideas for decorations and so many options. We got to make a variety of leaves, greenery and creatures. It was interesting to see what types of things we could create out of paper or felt that might find a place in our forest.
This year we made the poster ourselves, which was an exciting process. We tried to encompass the theme as well as we could while also being original and creative. It was fun to try to put a new spin on an old concept. We wanted to give it a more modern feel while still staying true to the theme. We chose to incorporate the rainbow into the poster’s design. The rainbow symbolizes inclusivity and is very significant to many members of the LGBTQ2+ community, ourselves included.
As part of this year’s Pride Prom we decided to host a tea party. We thought it would be nice to have something for people who aren’t interested in dancing, or who just like tea! This part of the event is also more accessible for people who may have trouble with the more crowded environment of the dance.
Pride Prom is meaningful to us because it provides a safe space for all youth. It is important to have an event like this for our community so that people can feel comfortable to express themselves and have a good time, without the fear of being judged. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and make new connections.
NOTE: The Pride Prom is free but youth need to RSVP here