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Annual Pride Prom is this weekend

by Jeanne Baron

Nov.14, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--The undergraduate student group OUTspoken will hold its annual Pride Prom Saturday, Nov. 19, in The Glenns of the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The prom is one of the largest and most popular events of the school year for the 100-member OUTspoken, which supports Western Michigan University's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students as well as their allies.

The event began as a second-chance prom for those who were unable to bring their same-sex partners to high school proms.

It has since evolved into an affirming gathering for WMU's LGBT students and their on- and off-campus allies and friends. Participants are encouraged to bring whomever they want and celebrate the wide range of relationships, identities and allies at WMU.

"We could not put on this event without the support of many individuals and organizations," says Matthew Vargo, president of OUTspoken. "This year, the Campus Activities Board, Drive Safe Kalamazoo and Western Student Association have been just a few of the driving forces behind the event."

The Pride Prom costs $3 for WMU students with ID and $5 for others.

For more information about the prom, visit OUTspoken online. For more information about LGBT issues, visit the WMU Office of LBGT Student Services online or contact the office at or (269) 387-2123.