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Q-Prom celebrates LGBTQ+, boosts local economy

Q-Prom celebrates LGBTQ+, boosts local economy
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS)—Shreveport’s non-profit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, and queer-questioning (LGBTQ+) group hosts its annual event, attracting hundreds of individuals …

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ShrevePride Hosts Annual Q-Prom: Born This Way Event

ShrevePride, a non-profit LGBTQ+ group in Shreveport, Louisiana, is gearing up to host its annual event, Q-Prom: Born This Way. The event, which attracts hundreds of individuals from across the ArkLaTex, offers the LGBTQ+ community a "second chance at prom," according to co-founders Sam Ortiz and Chris Lyon.

The event, set to take place at Artspace, will feature eight performers, including a Lady GaGa cover band, DJ Static Shock, and six drag queens. Q-Prom aims to make celebrating Pride more accessible and inclusive, with early bird tickets priced at $35 and a scholarship program available for those unable to afford the event.

Ortiz and Lyon emphasize the importance of creating spaces where everyone can feel proud of where they live and express themselves authentically. Last year's Q-Prom attracted approximately 400 attendees, and the organizers hope to exceed that number this year.

The event's theme, "Born This Way," pays homage to Lady GaGa, who has been a strong ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Attendees are encouraged to wear whatever makes them feel empowered and strong, whether it's prom attire, casual clothing, or a pride flag.

In the words of Lady GaGa, "Don't be a drag, just be a queen. Whether you're broke or evergreen."