The prom is a quintessential moment in the life of most teenagers. You get dressed up, buy a corsage and maybe even pick up your date in a limo.
But some same-sex teen couples don’t have a chance to experience the prom in high school. So members of Open Door Club are giving them an opportunity to celebrate prom in a way they are comfortable.
The Open Door Club is hosting its annual LGBT Prom on Friday, April 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the college’s Gallagher Room.
The LGBT (stands for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Prom is open to the public. All BCCC students are invited to attend, as well as high school students and members of the public. Both gay and heterosexual couples are welcomed to attend.
Open Door Club Vice President Tim Schumann said the club hosts the prom so that those who were unable to attend their high school prom because they wanted to bring a same-sex date would have a chance to experience the event.
This is the second year the LGBT Prom will be held at the Newtown Campus. Schumann said the club held the event once before at the Upper Bucks Campus.
“Last year we had close to 80 people come,” he said. “We’re hoping to double that number this year."
The theme of the event is "Classic Hollywood," Schumann said. But attendees can dress however they feel most comfortable. “Formal or casual -- you can come in any clothing,” he added.
The event will feature food prepared by culinary arts students, music and a professional photographer.
There will also be an open gender king and queen competition. Attendees will vote and at the end of the evening, the ballots will be tallied and a king and queen will be crowned.
Part of the proceeds from the evening will go towards the Rainbow Room in Doylestown, a support center geared towards LGBT youth.
Tickets to the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The ticket price includes food, Schumann said. There is no ATM on campus so those buying tickets at the door should bring cash.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Student Life Office in the Rollins Building on the Newtown Campus.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.