May News Briefs

“Alice in Wonderland”-themed costume party and Words of Hate rescheduled

Alice in Wonderland!

MEDFORD, OR: It’s time for Lotus Rising Project’s 5th annual All-Ages Alternative Prom! Sliding ticket prices at the door for students/youth and adults. Children 12 and younger enter for free.

This Alice In Wonderland-themed event will include a costume contest, coronation, and plenty of dancing with live music by local DJ PaMaT. This year in Mississippi and other high schools across the nation, teenagers are being told they cannot come to prom with a same-gender date. Proms have been canceled and queer students have been sent to “fake” proms, while the rest of the student body has met elsewhere.

The All-Ages Alternative Prom began in 2006 because our youth and young adult support and activities group, Not Straight Not Sure wanted the community to have an event that anyone could come to with their date of choice, free to express themselves without fear of discrimination. To recognize community members of all ages for their seen and unseen contributions to social change and social justice a genderblind prom court, including a King and Queen, will be crowned. Event attendees will vote for the winners.

Proceeds from the event will support continued services to youth and young adults in our community including group support, emergency shelter, food, school supplies, subsidized counseling, and leadership training. Contact: Rachel Murphy 215-378-8391 or Lacey Hunter 971-344-5378.

Words of Hate rescheduled

Associated Student Government will be hosting an event called Words of Hate on Wednesday, May 19th at 4:30 in room 129-B in the HEC building.

During the event, members of the community will represent specific groups within society. They will explain the effect of the hurtful and discriminatory language that they and others like them have experienced.

All students are welcome to attend, especially those concerned with social issues of tolerance and equality.

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