Posted by: rcieri | November 21, 2008

Elon’s Spectrum gives students a second chance at prom

 

Valerie Resovsky and Danny Glassmann were crowned prom queen and king.

Valerie Resovsky and Danny Glassmann were crowned prom queen and king. (Photo submitted.)

With all the glamour and the low-budget decorations characteristic of a high school dance, Spectrum held its second annual prom Nov. 14, giving students of all sexual orientations a chance to experience the special night while being themselves. 

Spectrum, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight alliance on campus, threw its first prom last year in support of what many colleges and universities are calling “second-chance proms.” 
“A lot of gay people couldn’t go to the prom or didn’t feel comfortable going in high school,” said sophomore Aly Poggi, one of the dance’s coordinators. 
The gender-sensitive prom did not require guests to bring a date, and many of those in attendance chose not to. 
The blue and green streamers hanging from the ceiling of McCoy Commons complimented the dark blue tablecloths and sparkling false-flower centerpieces for the “Under the Sea” theme. There was even a photo backdrop set up for students to take prom pictures. 
For some, the atmosphere was a stark contrast to their high school prom experiences. 
“I’m gay, and I wasn’t out at the time,” senior Brandon Tynon said of his high school prom. “It’s nicer since I’m not trying to pretend I’m someone I’m not. It’s just much more relaxed.” 
Jacki Channey and Ali Poggi mimic a traditional prom pose in the photo area. (Photo submitted.)

Jacki Channey and Ali Poggi mimic a traditional prom pose in the photo area. (Photo submitted.)

Outfits ranged from glittering ball gowns to khakis and ties, while men and women alike came clad in three-piece suits. 

“We’re doing this so no one feels left out or excluded,” sophomore co-chair Valerie Resovsky said. 
Later that night, Resovsky and Danny Glassmann, a staff member for Residence Life and the Multicultural Center, were crowned prom queen and king. The competition didn’t follow traditional rules. 
“Last year we had two queens,” Poggi said. “A guy and a girl.”

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