Life at SF State

SFSU Pride Prom celebrated this Friday

Students at SFSU Pride Prom.Break out those suit jackets and high heels it’s time for this year’s SFSU Pride Prom.

This Friday, Feb. 28 the Cesar Chavez Student Center will play host to the fourth annual SFSU Pride Prom hosted by the Queer Alliance, EGAY and Student Life.

This year’s theme is Back To Basics and partygoers are encouraged to dress vintage; whatever that means to you. This year’s costumes are expected to range from one Genghis Khan outfit to flappers from the 1920’s to gangster’s 1950’s pinstripe suits.

Queer Alliance Director Pablo Ramirez said the dance is meant to provide a safe space for people who couldn’t go to their high school proms because of old fashioned dress codes, their chosen dates or other people’s judgmental attitudes.

“Life should always be a safe space. People are so happy to take their partner to Pride Prom and not be judged. It’s what keeps us going.”

This year’s Pride Prom DJ’s will be spinning top 40’s music, disco and 90’s pop tunes long into the night while dancers rock the night away with their chosen partners.

This year’s celebration features fake cocktails, also called mocktails, a Pride Court made up of those Prom superstars with the best outfits, the most enthusiasm and the most helpful personality. Voting takes place at the dance and everyone gets a ballot.

Everyone who walks in the door has a chance to win prizes like movie tickets, candy and sashes. A photo booth will also be available for individuals, couples and groups to capture the moment on film forever.

The event is free for all SF State students with a photo ID and non-SF State guests are allowed in if they’re over 18, but they must be registered online before the dance. SFSU Pride Prom was started four years ago as a collaboration between the Queer Alliance, EGAY, and Student Life as a second chance at a first Prom.

It began at a time when the national news was full of headlines about gays, lesbians and transsexual teens expressing themselves openly by trying to attend their own high school Proms.

Many of them succeeded, but many more were turned away by people who just didn’t understand anyone different from themselves.

The dance became a chance for partygoers to reaffirm their positive experience here at SF State.

In later years as the LGBTQ community fought and won social acceptance Pride Prom seemed less important to some people.

This year, however, Queer Alliance President Pablo Ramirez has said he wants to revitalize Pride Prom and make it better than ever; hence the theme: Back to Basics. The Queer Alliance, EGAY and Student Life have spent a lot of time prepping and planning for this year’s dance, which promises to be a ‘must go to event’ for 2014.

“Pride Prom is the epitome of safe space because it’s all out in the open. Even in San Francisco you still see discrimination and an event like this really helps people feel safe.”

Queer Alliance The Queer Alliance is a social organization on campus that exists to provide a safe space and outlet for everyone regardless of how they identify themselves. Located on the Terrace level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center the QA meets Tuesdays 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. where they host discussions and play games. A place where anyone can hang out and meet new people, the more the merrier.

EGAY Everything Great About You (E.G.A.Y) is San Francisco State’s resident housing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally club that meets once a week from 8 to 10 p.m. in Mary Park Lounge where they discuss social issues and have bonding activities. They also host the annual drag show Sexhibition in May. In the end it is all about you!

Pride Prom
What: Pride Prom
When: Friday, Feb. 28
Time: 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Where: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Cost: Free with SFSU ID
Guests: Yes, One 18+ guest

Check out the Facebook event page for more information

All Guests must be registered prior to the event

Refreshments provided by EGAY and the Queer Alliance