SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Surrey’s first LGBTQ+ prom will go ahead as scheduled next Monday night.
The dance, which is being held at Guildford Park Secondary, is open to all students in the district enrolled in grades eight to 12.
Organizers say it will be a good opportunity to build community and work towards acceptance.
“We’ve come a long way in terms of LGBTQ recognition, rights, and acceptance, but I think [the Orlando shooting] highlights that we have a ways to go,” says Heather Kelley, a teacher-sponsor of the gay-straight alliance club at Guildford Park.
“Myself and the other sponsor teachers and the students at our school have been very moved by the amount of support and excitement about this event and so we’re hoping to make it an annual event,” she adds.
“We’re really, really excited to build community and help students build friendships and just build bridges,” Kelley says all necessary precautions are being taken. “We already have a lot of safety and security measures in place before what happened in Orlando”.
She adds organizers will decide in the coming days how the event should acknowledge the Florida shootings.
Tickets to the prom are $2 each and a crowdfunding page has been set up to help keep costs down.