Watch: Teens Celebrate Queer Prom in NYC

To kick off Pride month, BuzzFeed’s second annual Queer Prom Powered by Samsung celebrated every student’s right to celebrate this rite of passage at Samsung’s 837 Space in New York City’s Meatpacking District. At a time when schools continue to discourage and even exclude LGBTQ students from attending and participating in their own proms, BuzzFeed’s Queer Prom was established last year to provide a safe space for LGBTQ students to be their authentic selves at prom. Over 200 students attended the event hosted by BuzzFeed’s Jazzmyne Jay Robbins and Curly Velasquez.

The event featured a Queer Prom Court of five high school seniors, chosen from thousands of submissions, a red carpet featuring celebrities such as Nico Tortorella, Jay Manuel, cast members from FX’s new show Pose, and queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and prom court crownings and performances by Mary Lambert and Starley.

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