Alternative prom set for May 12


One-In-Teen Youth Services will host its sixth-annual prom for GLBTQ youth at 1707 Church Street (in the former Cafe space next to OutLoud! Books and Gifts) in Nashville on Saturday, May 12 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.. 

"More than 80 young people attended last year’s prom traveling to Nashville from as far away as Knoxville," said One-in-Teen’s Dewayne Fulton. "The evening celebrates a traditional rite of passage for high school students without the shadow of judgment and discrimination that many GLBT youth feel at their school prom."

The Prom is open to GLBTQ youth and their supportive friends (ages 14 to 20). This year’s theme is “Pride Island” where the young men and women will dance and mingle in a temporary tropical paradise. The Alternative Prom is made possible by the generous support of this year’s two major sponsors: psychotherapist Frances Bledsoe, LCSW and Outloud!, Inc. 

Tickets for this year’s Prom are $8, if purchased in advance, and $10, if purchased the evening of the event. The Alternative Prom, like all events organized by One-In-Teen, are alcohol and drug-free. The event will be staffed by volunteer adult chaperons. Youth attending the Prom are asked to dress as they would for either an evening on the town or as they would for a island holiday. Formal attire is welcome, but not required or expected.  

To obtain more information on the GLBTQ Alternative Prom, visit the One-In-Teen Web Site, or by call the One-In-Teen Youth Center at 615-321-7288. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 from OutLoud! Books and Gifts (1713 Church Street) and student groups from outside the Nashville area can purchase tickets in advance by contacting the One-In-Teen Youth Center. One-In-Teen will be able to assist a limited number of out of town youth with over night housing and paid security personnel.