Friday, April 13, 2012

UIS Queer-Straight Alliance hosts Alternative Prom

WHAT: The Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) at the University of Illinois Springfield will host its annual Alternative Prom.

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

WHERE: Student Life Building, located on the east side of the UIS campus

DETAILS: The event is open to all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, and questioning youth and their allies in the Springfield area and is presented as an opportunity for LGBTQ youth to express themselves while having a good time with friends in a safe environment.

“Many LGBTQ students feel unwelcome or excluded from their proms,” said Ryan Thoroman, QSA event co-coordinator. “We recognize that prom is an important rite of passage for high schoolers and we seek to offer them an affirming atmosphere where they can have the experience every student deserves.”

Based on the theme "Masquerave," this year's event is a futuristic masquerade which offers rave like music.

One student ID (from a high school or university) will admit the holder and up to four guests. A king and queen will be chosen, door prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be available. Some of the area's top drag performance artists and a DJ will also perform.

For more information, contact Ryan Thoroman at

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