FFSS students organize gay-friendly prom
For many teenagers, prom night can be considered one of the greatest nights of their high school lives.
However, for many gay and lesbian students, the idea of bringing their same-sex date to prom may conjure up fears of judgement and ostracization.
"People don't necessarily feel safe," said Travis Foley, a staff advisor with the Fenelon Falls Secondary School ( FFSS) Gay Straight Alliance ( GSA).
Because of this, the FFSS GSA organized a special prom on Friday, June 7, where gay and lesbian students were encouraged to bring their dates.
Foley said the prom was open to students from all secondary schools in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
Straight students supporting their cause, or "allies" as Foley said they are called by GSA members, were welcome as well.
He said they were expecting more than 100 students.
Members of the school's GSA took care of planning the event.
"They've done a great amount of the leg work," Foley said, adding there were many staff members who were interested in helping out as well.
"We almost had to turn people away," he said.
Foley said the goal is to have this event for possibly another year and then afterwards, students would hopefully feel confident to take their dates to regularly scheduled proms.
According to Foley, this event was also a way to promote the GSA and its values and goals.
"I think we've been making a some headway."
With GSAs being a hot topic of discussion in recent months, Foley said he feels "no publicity is bad publicity" and that it "gets conversations started."