Following the American trend, Proms are becoming ever more popular within the UK. Unfortunately as a result of fear, discrimination and prejudice a large portion of LGBTI+ young people do not attend their school proms or attend as their true selves.
Pride Prom’s mission is to provide a Pride Prom for LGBTI+ young people. This will provide attendees with a safe, positive and educational environment, that promotes pride, inspiration and acceptance for all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The organisation aims to create opportunities for emotional growth, inclusion and freedom of expression as well as raising the profile and increasing awareness of the LGBTI+ community.
Pride Proms is a collective of friendly, creative, and enthusiastic volunteers from a wide range of communities including LGBTI+.
Pride Proms was inspired by one of the team and our different personal experiences of prejudice as young people. During this time Pride Proms was born to support, empower and inspire LGBTI+ youths through hosting Proms every year that welcome diversity.
In Britain alone, Stone Wall reported in their 2017 school report that.
- Nearly half of LGBT pupils (45 per cent) – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools. This is down from 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65 per cent in 2007
- Half of LGBT pupils hear homophobic slurs ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ at school, down from seven in 10 in 2012
- Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007. However, just two in five LGBT pupils report that their schools say that transphobic bullying is wrong
- Just one in five LGBT pupils have been taught about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships
- More than four in five trans young people have self-harmed, as have three in five lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren’t trans
- More than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own life, and one in five lesbian, gay and bi students who aren’t trans have done the same
Therefore, Pride Proms is important for LGBTI+ young people to have a positive experience and feeling of inclusion at their prom. Not only are we providing a safe, positive and educational event for LGBTI+ youths we are also providing a platform to promote LGBTI+ services that focus on health and wellbeing within their local community as part of the Pride Prom experience as well as supporting local talent who will perform at Pride Proms.
• Promotes equality
• Celebrates diversity
• Inspires creativity
• Builds confidence
• Listens to the community and helps to develop it
• Educates and raises awareness of LGBT+ issues
• Overcomes intolerance and prejudice of any kind
• Is ethical and sustainable
• Promotes local talent and businesses
• Involves people and organisations running their own projects
• Encourages enthusiastic volunteers from the community
• Treats people with respect at all times and avoid abusive or discriminatory language
• Works positively and creatively to ensure everyone feels welcome whatever their age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs
Pride Proms is the first of its kind and to help us achieve our mission in this year "Year of the Young Person" we are seeking donations to help start up the first, largest Pride Prom for young people in the UK. Our future goal is to also host Pride Proms in other parts of Scotland that need our support and raise awareness of the LGBTI+ community.