Hey, everyone! So Spectrum, my school’s LGBTQ+ group, held their annual alternative prom – or alt prom for short – this past Friday night, and I wanted to tell you all about it!
I was super excited because I never went to prom. (The local high schools won’t let homeschoolers attend, and I couldn’t go to any homeschool proms because they’re run by super conservative groups who wouldn’t have let me bring a girl to prom with me.) I mean, I know prom isn’t the be-all and end-all of high school awesomeness, but I still would have liked to have had that experience.
I ended up going to alt prom with Jill, my best friend from college – just as friends, not as dates. (I suppose I could’ve gone to a homeschool prom with a guy as “just friends” to get around the straight-couples-only rule but A) I have hardly any guy friends and B) I was really uncomfortable at the thought of being read as a heterosexual couple.)
So, yeah. We went as friends and she even let me borrow one of her dresses! I was just going to wear one of mine but she offered to let me wear her female!Captain America dress that she made for cosplaying, which I’d been eyeing for a while since… well, it’s a freaking CAPTAIN AMERICA DRESS.
Since it was a handmade dress, she had to adjust it to fit me, which surprisingly didn’t take as long as I thought it would. You can’t see it very well in the selfie above, but Jill wore another dress that she made herself that is meant to be a visual representation of Dante’s Inferno. THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE PEOPLE I AM FRIENDS WITH. THEY’RE ALL NERDS. Anyway, everyone was like “!!!!!” about my dress and I was just like, “Hello, it is I, the smallest gay nerd.”
To tell the truth, not as many people showed up to prom as we expected. Apparently there were a whole bunch last year, but not this year? I don’t know. I was actually on the alt prom planning committee for a while but eventually dropped out because it seemed a bit disorganized and I didn’t want to have to be the person who made it more organized, since I have other things to do with my time… like homework.
Anyway, I’m thinking about rejoining the committee next year because I noticed that they did very little advertising for the event, so it seems as if many people just didn’t know about it. (Some of my friends said they totally would’ve gone but they didn’t know about it in time and so they made other plans.)
So, yeah. A few people danced. Mostly we either stood around or sat around and talked and consumed prodigious amounts of popcorn and soda and fruit. Lots of stories were told. Hilarity ensued.
I’m really glad I went. In the end it wasn’t that different from a normal Spectrum meeting, except for the fact that we were all dressed up and there was more food than usual, but I’m still really happy that I attended because SPECTRUM IS LIFE. Everyone is so nice, and it’s a safe space where anyone and everyone can share their thoughts about LGBTQ+ stuff that we may not feel comfortable talking about elsewhere.
Also, THAT CAPTAIN AMERICA DRESS. Also, neither Jill nor I wanted to go to bed right away since we were both too wound up from prom, so we ended up watching Atlantis: The Lost Empire, which I had never seen before. It was awesome and we started talking about various Disney princesses we had crushes on while growing up, including some crushes that we didn’t even realize we had because we didn’t know what being gay was back then. It was a good way to end the night. I just… I just really, really love having LGBTQ+ friends in real life to share these experiences with. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
P.S. Check out my latest post for Her Campus at the University of Iowa! Ask Herk-ampus is a brand-new feature for our HC chapter – an advice column – and basically the way it works is that everyone contributes a bit of advice and one person writes it all down and then we switch off being writers each month. I signed up for the first installment and I have to say that I did not really know what I was getting myself into! I just wanted to have something to write and publish this month. Pffft.