Hertfordshire young people enjoy their first Pride Prom

05 December 2017

YC Hertfordshire hosted its first Pride Prom this weekend, welcoming almost 50 young people from across Hertfordshire.

The event was held at Watford YouthPoint and gave LGBTQ young people the opportunity to enjoy an evening of music, food and entertainment in a safe and secure environment.

As well as YC Hertfordshire, members of Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the OLLIE Foundation, which promotes mental health and well-being among young people, attended the event. There was also a range of LGBTQ support service information and advice available for young people.

Leanne Clayton, from YC Hertfordshire, said: “This was our first Pride Prom and it was wonderful to see young people able to enjoy themselves in a safe and secure environment where they could be free to be who they are, as well as get information about the support and help available in Hertfordshire. It was also a fantastic opportunity for young people to network with all of the other LGBTQ groups across Hertfordshire.”

Young people who attended the event said:

“It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely go to another event like it. I loved it.”

“Meeting new people and I knew they wouldn't judge me as they are others from the LGBT+ community.”

“It was lots of fun and I made some new friends from different places that I could relate to.”

YC Hertfordshire runs support groups for LGBTQ young people across Hertfordshire. For more information visit www.youngprideinherts.org