Rainbow Alliance Holds its First “Queer Prom”

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By MONIQUE JOHN, HARRY HUGGINS, and AYER CHAN

On Dec. 4, Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s Rainbow Alliance held its first “Queer Prom” after students and faculty lobbied to Fordham administration to approve the use of the word “queer” in social programming on campus. Officially called “LGBT Prom” in years past, dozens of FCLC students danced and socialized in the dimly lit Cafeteria Atrium to celebrate. Though the Queer Task Force that campaigned for the use of the word “queer” achieved its goal to change the name of the event so it could be more inclusive of various sexual and gender identities that are represented in the Fordham community, members insist their efforts are not over. Some are concerned that the word “queer” is still not allowed to be used in student club names or club literature. This year’s prom theme was old Hollywood glamour. In addition to music and dancing, prom attendees dubbed both Charlie Martin, FCLC ’14 and president of Rainbow and Thomas Welch, FCLC ’15 and treasurer of Rainbow, “Best Actor” while Effy Donovan, FCLC ’15 was named “Best Actress” of the night.