Long-Running Gay Prom Celebrates 20th Year This Weekend

One of the country's longest-running gay proms will hold its 20th anniversary event this weekend.

The Hayward Lambda Gay Prom kicks off at 7 p.m. EST June 7.

Movie goers outside the California region may recall the prom from the 2011 documentary Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom. The event began in 1994 long before several states approved same sex marriage.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the event tomorrow, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The theme for this year's prom is Rainbow Over Wonderland, Rochelle Collins said. The dance will be held again at Chabot College, where it moved some years ago after its former site, Centennial Hall near downtown, was razed. Since moving to the college, the number of protesters at the dance has dropped.

"We have a small number of protesters; one year we only had one. But we have a large number of supporters who greet the youth when they arrive," Collins said.


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