NOVA Pride and Northern Virginia Teens Team up to Present an All-Inclusive Prom for LGBTQ+ Youth

NOVA Pride Prom – May 12 – Celebrating our Past

“We are so proud to be working with such sharp, talented, dedicated youth in bringing their event to the next level” says Brian Reach, President and Executive Director of NOVA Pride.

NOVA Pride and LGBTQ+ youth advocates unite forces to create an unforgettable night for high schoolers across Northern Virginia.

Pride Prom began in 2015 as Lily Hamilton’s high school senior “capstone” project to provide students with a safe space where they could enjoy a prom-like experience. Blake Hesson followed suit in 2016 by planning the second annual Pride Prom. Both years, the event was held in Loudoun County High School’s gym with over one hundred students in attendance each year.

Leaders from gender-sexuality alliances across Loudoun County have collaborated this year to increase Pride Prom’s impact by partnering with NOVA Pride, a local nonprofit organization serving the Northern Virginia LGBTQ+ Community, and relocating to The Bellevue Conference & Event Center in Chantilly. With this partnership and move, the 2017 NOVA Pride Prom will be open to all high school students in Northern Virginia.

On Friday, May 12 from 7-11pm, Northern Virginia’s high school students will have the chance to dance in The Bellevue’s luxurious Milan Ballroom, which boasts “3300 square feet of crystal white marble” and “3 stunning, smoke chandeliers.” Attendees will also be free to relax in the picturesque rooftop Vero Sky Lounge with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Pride Prom’s mission has persisted: give students the opportunity to express themselves in a supportive environment.

High school senior Blair Smith, one of this year’s planners, echoes the visions of…

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