On Thursday, February 13th, Central High School in Burlington, Ontario will open its doors to students for the region's first ever gay pride high school dance. The event, which was organized by Central's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), is open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, questioning and queer students, as well as their straight peers. The dance is also open to students from the Halton Catholic Board, though the event is not formally affiliated with the board. Event staffers hope to get them involved next year, though they anticipate some resistance.
Dana Chiariot, the faculty member leading the charge in this progressive event, explains, “The purpose of the dance is to create a safe, positive and inclusive space for Halton’s LGBTQ students."
The event will be free of political speeches, but youth support groups like POSSE and the Reach Out Center for Kids (ROCK) will be present to distribute informative pamphlets, buttons and stickers. The dance will be equipped with gender-neutral washrooms, a photo-booth, free swag, food and drink and music provided by DJ Lulu of Miss Mix Music.