NEW YORK — Proms have traditionally been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing. Some teens now see prom as an opportunity to be inclusive rather than exclusive. They’re using proms as vehicles for good deeds and to take a stand on issues that matter to them.
Teens are inviting classmates with autism to be their dates. One student group organized a prom for senior citizens. In Louisiana, a gay female student fought for the right to wear a tux. And a museum now displays a prom dress worn by a student who spearheaded a racially integrated prom.
“Change can look like a prom dress,” said Matthew McRae, spokesman for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.
“We thought it was a great example of someone making a change at the community level.”
Prom can be “a platform for…
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