Approximately 100 youths celebrated the end of the school year at the 3rd annual Durham Pride Prom, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth aged 16-21, and their friends.
The Durham Regional Police Service, along with community partners from the Ajax Youth Centre, the AIDS Committee of Durham Region, the Oshawa Community Health Centre, the Town of Ajax, the Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health, the Durham College and UOIT LGBTQ Centre, and PFLAG (Canada) created the event three years ago so all youths could enjoy end-of-year celebrations in a safe and welcoming environment.
“It’s important for our youth to know there are a lot of agencies out there that support them,” said DRP Diversity Cst. Keith Richards. “LGBTQ youth represent approximately half of the attendees and the rest are friends and family who want to celebrate with them, so it is genuinely an inclusive event.”
The event was held at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club on 160 Alexander Street. The DRPS is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community, and looks forward to sponsoring the Pride Prom initiative long into the future.
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