Issue 26.10: The Red Sea

By : Dylan Todd
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Red Shirt Pride Day looks to continue Orlando’s traditional Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom, Gulfport Public Library wins national award, Zebra Coalition to throw LGBTQ Youth Pride Prom, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Jazz Jennings is headed to Harvard

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Jazz Jennings has been accepted to Harvard University and will attend the Ivy League in the fall.

The 18-year-old “I Am Jazz” star and transgender activist posted a photo of herself wearing a Harvard University sweatshirt captioned with the hashtag “#Harvard2020.”

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Keeping It Real: The queering of a high school ritual – THE PROM!

By : Nathan Brummer
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As the DJ transitioned to a new song, it was eerily quiet for a moment. Then, a few clear strong keystrokes from a single piano could be heard as My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” captured the full attention of nearly 200 teenagers as they stood almost at attention waiting for the lyrics to begin. Then you heard “When I was a young boy …” in unison with all of their voices. It was a magical. It was one of those anthem moments.

I have nothing but horrific memories of my high school prom. But you see this prom was different. This prom was an alternative prom held to kick off the 2019 prom season. My organization, ALSO Youth, has been lucky enough to host in partnership with The Out-of-Door Academy an alternative prom for the LGBTQ+ youth of west central Florida for six years. This year was our biggest year yet!

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LGBTQ teens start tradition with state’s first ‘rainbow’ prom

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — For many teens the prom is the epitome of their high school experience. But for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer, it can be a challenge to feel like they belong. This year, some West Virginia students decided to start a new tradition: The Rainbow Formal, the state’s first dance for LGBTQ youth.

Last weekend’s event drew students from at least 10 counties to the student union at West Virginia State University. One of them, 15-year-old Steve Sartin from Mingo County, managed the jitters while adjusting his rainbow suspenders and rainbow Converse sneakers.

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Utah youth center hosts LGBTQ prom

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) – A prom for gay, lesbian and transgender students was held in Logan in an attempt to provide an event for students who might not have felt comfortable attending traditional proms at their high schools.

The Standard-Examiner reported that the Cache Youth Resource Center hosted a LGBTQ prom May 13.

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PROM Party!

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Join us at Quench Lounge for our 4th Annual “The PROM You Wish You Had” on Saturday, July 30th!

The PARTY starts at 9pm! Dress in your best for a chance to be crowned PROM “King” or “Queen” of 2016 at Midnight!

Billboard Reporting DJ Bruce Devery starts spinning the best PROM soundtrack at 9PM!

At 11PM, it’s DRAG time with Jaeda Fuentes, Eden Deck, & Kori Stevens!

After 9PM, we’ll have $4 Bacardis, $2 Quench Drafts, $5 Stolis, & $5 Southern Comfort Hooch!

Southern Comfort will be in the house to make your PROM experience extra special with tons of giveaways!

Mark your calendars for one of the biggest parties of the year at Quench Lounge!

Lesbian barred from her prom for wearing suit might get her big night after all

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York, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania high school student barred from attending prom at her Catholic high school because she wore a suit rather than a dress has been invited to another school’s prom.

William Penn Senior High School Principal Brandon Carter says he invited Aniya Wolf to the May 21 event because “We do embrace all.” Another teacher says Wolf accepted.

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High school student kicked out of prom for wearing a suit instead of a dress

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Harrisburg (AP) – A Pennsylvania high school student said she was barred from attending her prom because she wore a suit rather than a dress.

Aniya Wolf said she’s a lesbian who has worn a shirt and pants for all three years she has attended Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, according to WHTM-TV. She and her mother, Carolyn Wolf, said the family got a last-minute email saying girls had to wear dresses to attend prom.

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Sexuality isn’t an issue during prom proposal

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except for the story of two best friends who attend Desert Oasis High School.

Prom was coming up for students Anthony Martinez and Jacob Lescenski, gay and straight respectively, yet both of them were dateless for the event. Upon seeing that his BFF was feeling down about the situation, Lesenski decided to ask him out himself.

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Principal says gay student can’t wear tuxedo to prom

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MONROE, La. (AP) – A gay student in Louisiana says she is going to skip her prom because the school principal won’t let her wear a tuxedo.

Claudettia Love, a senior and one of the top students at Carroll High in Monroe, said she was planning on going to the prom with a group of friends, but now they are staying away.

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ALSO gears up for prom fundraiser

By : Zach Caruso
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Sarasota – ALSO Youth wants to give you a second chance at your prom. And they’re giving you that chance with ALSO Youth: Prom 2014 on October 11th at 6:00pm at The Francis in Sarasota.

A non-profit that provides peer support, activities, educational programs, and workshops to the LGBTQIA community of southwest Florida, ALSO Youth hosts an annual celebratory gala, and this year’s theme of a second chance prom is a unique one that was inspired by the very youth the organization is dedicated to helping.

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Overheard Tampa Bay: Lesbian Happy Hour back by demand!

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Dunk tank, games raise money for ASAP
The Flamingo Resort was the home of several unique fundraising opportunities for the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, thanks to the Tampa Bay leather community. During the weekend of July 11, the resort’s Wet and Wild Weekend featured performances by show staff and guests, boot blacks and leather contests Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday, the resort provided a dunk tank where members of the Sisters of Perpetual indulgence, DJs, and other notables in the community took turns to get soaked for charity. It cost only $5 for three throws, and if anyone hit the target, the unlucky volunteer fell into 5-feet of chilly water, which was actually refreshing considering the temperatures reached the 90s on July 13. More than $500 was raised for ASAP and Mr. Code 2014 Woodie Barnes welcomed attendees and thanked them for their generosity from throughout the weekend.

Lesbians reunited!
The folks behind the G2H2 (Gay Guys Happy Hour) in Sarasota are bringing back it’s lesbian counterpart, L2H2 (Lesbian Ladies Happy Hour) this month! On Thursday, July 17, the grand re-opening of the group cascaded upon Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill for a reunion of sorts. The women-only event gives lesbians a chance to meet and mingle in a business-style atmosphere and make business connections and new friends in Sarasota. The free event featured a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and complimentary appetizers. For more info on future events, visit the L2H2 Facebook page, where updates are provided monthly.

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