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PHOTOS: Long Island Gay Teens Enjoy A Rite Of Passage At A Prom Of Their Own

A coming-of-age Constance McMillen would be proud of, the 12th annual Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) Prom took place June 14 at the Historical Thatched Cottage in Centerport, New York. More than 150 LGBT teens mingled, danced and took photos to celebrate with their peers. LIGALY held the nation’s first suburban gay prom back in 2001, providing out kids the chance to take part in this very American rite of passage without fear of harassment or judgement.

This year, more than just one king and queen got a crown: The Rainbow Royalty Court included six young folks who have demonstrated valiant efforts against homophobia and transphobia in their community.

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Photo: Barbara Salva/Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth

The Imperial Court of New York (Left to right:  LIGALY Director of Development Michael Brady, Empress  XXI Ritz Kraka, Empress XXVI Witti Repartee, LIGALY Chief Executive Officer David Kilmnick, LIGALY Chief Operating Officer Robert Vitelli)

The 2012 LIGALY’s Got Big Talent (LGBT) contest winner Emily Winter