Harvey House holding LGBTQ prom
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) - June is pride month. This weekend, Harvey House in Toledo is doing something special for its community. It's hosting a prom for LGBTQ teens.
“It’s part of the high school experience,” said Leo Lowry, who spends time at Harvey House.
“I went last year, but not for my senior year,” said Lowry.
Leo Lowry admits, there are a stereotypical guy and girl duo for the dance.
“I’m transgender,” said Lowry.
It’s a mold that doesn’t fit everyone.
“This guy saw us together and said I wasn’t a real guy…so I shouldn’t be with a girl,” said Lowry.
Lowry said those comments influenced the decision to skip out on senior prom. But this weekend, Lowry is dusting off the dancing shoes for the Harvey House event. Harvey House is a drop in community center for LGBTQ and allied teens.
“We are hosting our first annual gay prom, Queerly Ever After," said Kristen Angelo, Co-Founder of Harvey House.
Angelo said many kids were bullied, felt uncomfortable, or didn’t think their school’s prom was a safe place. It’s a feeling Lowry knows all too well.
“You get used to it a little bit, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt,” said Lowry.
This prom will allow everyone to cut loose and enjoy in a safe space.
“It’s important to have support systems in place, keep them out of human trafficking, off the streets,” said Angelo.
Prom will take place Saturday, June 9 at the Maumee River Yacht Club. It goes from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and tickets are $10.