A library canceled an LGBT prom after backlash. Then a church stepped in.

 | 
07/01/2019

When the Storybook Pride Prom for LGBT teens in Jacksonville, Fla., was canceled after online conservative backlash, a local church made sure the story had a happy ending. The Willowbranch Library in Jacksonville originally organized the event, inviting 14- to 18-year-olds to come in costume as their favorite book characters, with a dress code of “casual, formal, or in drag — whatever makes you feel great. Be you!” Over 100 teens planned to attend. When the event caught the attention of a conservative blogger who encouraged her nearly 700,000 Facebook followers to call the library to complain, the Jacksonville Public Library canceled the event last week amid fears for the teens’ safety — to the outrage of many local parents and community members. Ultimately, the kids got their dance. The Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church in Jacksonville stepped in and held the prom Friday, the same night as the original event at the neighborhood’s library.

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 07/23/2024
07/23/2024
LGBTQ+ groups are disappointed with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) as he did not mention equal rights as …
Added on: 07/23/2024
07/22/2024
The Biden administration wants the US Supreme Court to step in and limit lower court orders that fully blocked it from extending protections against …
Added on: 07/23/2024
07/22/2024
In Lilongwe, Malawi, 24-year-old Cleo Jones recalls feeling more comfortable around girls than boys during childhood. Jones came out as queer and nonbinary at …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 07/23/2024
The Biden administration wants the US Supreme Court to step in and limit lower court orders that fully blocked it from extending protections against …
Added on: 07/22/2024
Trans Housing Coalition will be expanding its Housing First Program after receiving a grant from Health Care Advocates International’s HCAI Fund. The non-profit, an Atlanta-based …
Added on: 07/20/2024
Two Ohio grandparents, Mike and Melissa H., were both lifelong Republican voters, but they recently left the GOP because its anti-transgender politics threaten the …