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LGBTQ allies to host all-inclusive prom for teens of all sexual identities

Lavender Prom Nac is an inclusive prom for all sexual identities and their allies. It will be held at SFA’s Grand Ballroom. (Source: KTRE Staff) Lavender Prom Nac is an inclusive prom for all sexual identities and their allies. It will be held at SFA’s Grand Ballroom. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Taylor Ries was told in 2016 that she could not bring a same sex date to the Central Heights High School prom. Today the graduate commends the Lavender Prom organizers.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Taylor Ries was told in 2016 that she could not bring a same sex date to the Central Heights High School prom. Today the graduate commends the Lavender Prom organizers. (Source: KTRE Staff)
CC Conn (left) and Grant Howarth (right) select catered food items for the Lavender Prom scheduled for May 20 in Nacogdoches.  (Source: KTRE Staff) CC Conn (left) and Grant Howarth (right) select catered food items for the Lavender Prom scheduled for May 20 in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A prom advertising a night for teens of all sexual identities is happening next month in Nacogdoches.

Lavender Prom organizers want their event to set an example to all school districts that every prom should be all-inclusive.

CC Conn never heard of a Lavender Prom until she realized she was organizing one. 

"A Lavender Prom is a prom for same-sex couples, LGBTQ community,” Conn said.

It’s also for their allies.

"I think it's that place where when you are not of the LGBTQ community, you need to stand up for them because that's what they need,” Conn said. “They need support from all of us."

It was something Taylor Ries didn't receive last year when Central Heights High School's prom policy prohibited same-sex dates. The ACLU wrote a letter. The prom was canceled. 

Ever since, proms are now left to the hands of parents. Lavender Prom organizers say it doesn't have to be that way. 

"We don't want to host this every year because we think it could fall into the school's hands, and they can make it just as great,” said Grant Howarth with the Nacogdoches Unity Coalition.

"We ultimately want the schools to allow these couples to go to their own proms,” Conn said. “It's not about replacing their prom."

Pride NAC has secured the Stephen F. Austin State University Grand Ballroom for May 20th. Guests from as far away as Tyler are expected. Although the event is being held on campus, is is not an SFA-sanctioned event.

A gofundme account is close to its $3,000 goal. All is coming together for a DJ, a photo booth, and food commonly seen at proms everywhere. Donated money left over after meeting prom expenses will be divided equally between Nac Pride and the Nacogdoches Unity Coalition.

Tickets to the Lavender Prom can be purchased at the Bosslight in downtown Nacogdoches. Details about pricing and how to purchase online can be found at this link.

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