Second Chances

A D.C. Prom Of Their Own: Reinventing The High-School Tradition

If your prom was anything like mine, you caved to the pressure to fit in and asked one of your straight girlfriends. For me, it was 1989. I rented a white tux (gulp, white?!?), ordered the corsage and took the obligatory photo. And after a night of dancing under streamers and balloons, I took the girl home and then met up with the boys for the real (after) party.

Fast forward 20 years: In much of the country same-sex couples are still not welcomed at prom but, in Washington, DC, post-teen LGBTs and their friends can dress to the nines and head to the Capital Queer Prom, which offers all the bells and whistles we remember from the high school gym, but without the intolerance.

Benefiting DC’s Transgender Health Empowerment organization, the 6th annual charity event takes place March 24, features a carnival theme, a king and queen competition (or king and king or queen and queen, as the case may be), open bar, yearbooks, gift bags and dancing all night.

Organizer Eboné Bell and her girlfriend, Angell Lynn, stopped by Swish Edition studios this week to chat about the prom. We also talked about the Rush Limbaugh and Kirk Cameron, bacon- flavored lube, the new Out NYC hotel and resort in New York and lots more.

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Photo via Capital Queer Prom