The LGBT Center of Cleveland, in conjunction with The Near West Theater, held their Queer Prom on June 11, 2022. I was a chaperone for the event.
I headed across town a little early, having a few cocktails across the street at Luxe. This area, called the Gordon Square district, is a very diverse neighborhood. Luxe is gay-owned, very close to the LGBT Center and Near West is there as well as Cleveland Public Theater and a number of other shops and restaurants.
I basically held the door open for all the attendees as they walked the red carpet and had their photos taken. Then I simply strolled around, making sure no one was doing anything they weren’t supposed to be doing. I made friends with a few of the other volunteers. I saw heart-warming things, things I wish I could un-see and everything under the sun, errrrr rainbow!
A restaurant right next door, Ninja City, provided the food for the prom. I slipped away for a cocktail (yes, I like cocktails), which was comped by the lovely bartender. A big hug ensued! Not much more of a story. I have no photos on site except the ones you see here as you have to be careful at events like this for privacy reasons. So here is my pre-drive photo shoot.
I would like to think I walk the walk in addition to talking the talk. Help someone if you can, no matter how small it may seem. A simple smile to a nervous teen at their first such event. A young trans person, in her first prom dress, tell them they are beautiful. Whatever small thing you can do all adds up as we continue evolving as a society and a country. We have a very long way to go, but we have also come a very long way. I walk around looking like this and no one, so far really ever, has given me any problems. I am sure ten years ago, twenty years ago, I could not have said that.
Kudos to you Kandi for making the effort to encourage inclusiion and being a positive role model for youg people.
Hey, I try! Thanks Donna!!
You are the perfect example of someone who gives back to their community.
Plus, you do it in style.
Doing it in style is the only way of doing it! Thanks Jocelyn!!