A Second Chance Prom, sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, will be hosted at Beloit College this tomorrow night (Friday, April 27).
Patricia Weber’14, the on-campus activism chair, played a large role in organizing the prom. Though Weber had heard about Second Chance Proms before, it was attending the MBLGTACC (Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference) this spring that inspired the activist to plan one for Beloit College.
“A lot of the schools were hosting Second Chance Proms,” Weber says. “I wanted to have more of a connection to the community [and] thought this would help Beloit College.”
Weber contacted high schools in both Rock County in Wisconsin and Winnebago County in Illinois with the intent of inviting high school students to the prom. One high school responded and Weber was able to send information about the event to them.
“I’m seeing this year as a stepping stone to getting more schools involved next year,” Weber says.
The event will be hosted in DK’s main dining room in Pearsons Hall, decorated with banners and streamers. There will also be snacks and juice provided. Attendees will be charged a minimum donation of $5, with a suggested scale of $5-20, to attend the event. All proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis prevention and suicide intervention services to LGBTQ youth.
“One of the reasons why people want Second Chance Proms is because some people didn’t get to go to high school proms with the person they wanted to,” Weber says. “It’s not just for queer students, it’s for everyone.”
To Weber’s knowledge, this is the first time that the Alliance has hosted a Second Chance Prom, though the Alliance did receive an award in 1996 for hosting a same-sex dance. Weber plans to research that event in the Archives soon.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for the Second Chance Prom, which is open to the entire campus community; the event runs from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in DK’s.