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New York Public Library’s Belmont branch hosts anti-prom: “We get to feel included”

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NEW YORK — The New York Public Library’s Belmont branch hosted its second ever “anti-prom” Friday night.

It offered a safe and inclusive space for teens to dress up, hang out and have fun.

Kids ages 12-18 are invited to celebrate personal expression, including embracing their sexuality, gender identity, culture and style of dress.

“Just to celebrate, have a party when they might not feel as accepted at their school dances,” said Whitney Davidson-Rhodes, a young adult librarian for the Wakefield branch.

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“It’s going to be an opportunity for everybody who is LGBTQ+ to actually enjoy something for once and actually be appreciated,” one student said.

“Like, we get to feel included, and we get to do fun stuff like design pens … and we get to get free books,” another student said.

This year’s theme was “Bronx Rising” to celebrate resilience and perseverance in the wake of the pandemic.

Source: CBS

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