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NOVA Pride Prom 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
The Waterford at Fair Oaks: 12025 Lee Jackson Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22033
Pride Prom is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ youth to attend Prom with PRIDE, dress however they are most comfortable, and dance - without fear - with whomever they choose! Our student leadership team has selected Pride Around the World as their theme, to represent the diversity of the Northern Virginia area - as well as the international growth of LGBTQ+ equality - while acknowledging the tragedies and senseless violence toward LGBTQ+, and specifically transgender, individuals worldwide. Last year, NOVA Pride's first NOVA Pride Prom proudly hosted over 300 youth from nearly 35 high schools across 5 counties!
NOVA Pride Prom's mission is to provide the region's LGBTQ+ youth (and their friends!) with a magical experience, that rivals those of traditional school-sponsored proms, while ensuring a welcoming and safe atmosphere. We find it unacceptable that any youth feel excluded from the prom experience without compromising their true selves.
NOVA Pride Prom is unique, in that it is both celebratory and educational. In addition to a dinner (new for 2018!) and dance, we also ensure that a quieter space is available for students to take a break, or connect with LGBTQ-affirming organizations that support to youth in Northern Virginia and beyond.
For many youth, NOVA Pride Prom is their first large social event, which can be an overwhelming experience - especially for those with anxiety or PTSD. In order to ensure a wonderful and safe night for all, we have mental health professionals on-location as chaperones and event organizers, as well as uniformed police providing security.
NOVA Pride Prom is a non-profit event, and all money is raised through student fundraisers, ticket sales, and support from NOVA Pride and other sponsors. We welcome and depend on donations to make this event happen. This event benefits LGBTQ+ youth by providing a safe, affirming, and validating experience - showing that they are supported and valued by the Northern Virginia community at a time when many feel lost and scared. The heartwarming letters sent from students after attending describe the event as "life-changing," "life-saving," and "the best night of their lives" - and sometimes describe the heart-wrenching contrast between their experience at the event with their experience in their day-to-day lives.
Our volunteer chaperones have remarked that some students "enter the dance as scared strangers, and leave as confident friends." We look forward to providing another night of friendship, acceptance, and fun for NOVA's youth!
Please consider making a one-time donation to support this incredible event, or creating a personal fundraising page to encourage your friends and family to support the event, by visiting the NOVA Pride Prom Fundraising Page. To setup monthly support for this and other NOVA Pride initiatives, please visit the NOVA Pride fundraising page.