SF State to host first Pride Prom on Friday

With gowns and tuxedos, corsages and silk ties, come Friday SF State students will have their day as royalty. Thanks to the Queer Alliance Organization, the Pride Committee and the University LGBT Club, “Everything Great About You,” SF State will be hosting its first-ever Pride Prom.

On Feb. 11, the “fairy tale ending”-themed dance will take place in the Cesar Chavez Center from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Pride Prom is intended to be a celebration of the LGBT community and its allies at SF State.

“I am attending simply to support the gay and lesbian community on campus,” said sociology major Georgina Guardado. “I am straight; however, I support fair human rights for all sexual orientations. It is important to spread the word that straight, gay, lesbian or transgender, all students deserve the right to an equal education and to be amongst their peers in a social setting without being mistreated.”

The event will feature two disc jockeys, including one from San Francisco nightclub The Crib, a photo booth, and best-couple and best-dressed contests.

The organizers of the event tout the phrase, “make it the prom you always wanted,” in hopes of removing the fear of being ostracized that many may have associated with prom in high school.

“It’s that pressure you might get if you decided to bring someone of the same sex – that fear that makes it a stigma,” said EGAY President Rachel Zamora. “Here, you can be yourself and bring whoever you want.”

Student identification is required to enter, but students may bring one non-SF State guest who is 18 or older.

While semi-formal attire is encouraged, the event allows students to “come as they are,” if they so choose.

“This is a chance for people to be themselves, be accepted and have a good time,” Zamora said.