Mountains’ first same-sex formal announced

May 10, 2016 in Broader Community Event, Event, News, Social Dance, womens event by Peter Hackney

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In Australia it’s called a ‘formal’, in the UK a ‘leavers ball’, in Ireland it’s a ‘grad ball’, while in the US it’s known as a ‘prom’. But whatever you call it, this important rite of passage for young people can be rather fraught, especially for LGBTIQ youth.

Not this time! The Pink Mountains Same-Sex Formal, to be held over the June long weekend, will be an event filled with love, acceptance, openness and fun.

Pink Mountains Same-Sex Formal flyer.

Pink Mountains Same-Sex Formal flyer.

Thanks to a fundraising initiative by Mount Vic Flicks, this first ever same-sex formal for LGBTIQ youth in the Blue Mountains will be held at the Katoomba Leura Community Centre (the Old Katoomba Library, 81-83 Katoomba Street) from 7pm to 10pm on Sunday, June 12.

The event is designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and same-sex attracted people aged 21 or under from across the Blue Mountains region.

A safe event that’s drug and alcohol-free, it will feature soft drinks and snacks, while adults from the Blue Mountains’ LGBTIQ community aged 21 and over will be supervising. Information about services available to young people will also be on offer.

“The idea of the event is to give young people from the Blue Mountains a safe and fun environment where they can express themselves, be themselves and dance with who they want to dance with,” said organiser Jonathan Llewellyn. “Dressing up is encouraged.”

The event will be hosted by Pink Mountains, with thanks to a number of other contributing organisations and individuals.

Entry will be $10 per person.

For more information and updates, please join the event’s Facebook page.

The event is one of many LGBTIQ events to be held in the Mountains over a very busy Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – check out Pink Mountains’ wrap-up of the events.