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A Night of Empowerment and Celebration at ​​UMKC Pride Prom: A Cinematic Night of Inclusion and Liberation.

Students come together for an evening of celebration, music, and self-expression, embracing diversity and allyship.
Brenna Oxley
Pride Prom sign.

  UMKC campus was abuzz on April 19 as students came together to celebrate Pride Prom in classic Hollywood style.

   From the moment the doors opened, the atmosphere was electric, pulsating with the beats of DJ Chance Romance, a Lawrence native who set the tone for the evening.

  “Music has the ability to take down our walls and feel how our bodies feel in this space,” said Romance. “I try to highlight femme artists, queer artists, artists of color, artists that are not represented in typical DJ sets. I feel that energy brings the kind of people I want on my dance floor.”

  Gabe Kribbs, a third-year biology major, attended Pride Prom dressed as Chucky’s bride, with his new husband, Chucky the doll, in his arms.

Two attendees at the event. (Brenna Oxley)

 He emphasized the importance of events like Pride Prom in breaking down stereotypes and fostering allyship within the queer community. 

  “There is a stigma around the LGBTQIA+ community being uptight,” Kribbs said. “This event shows we can have fun, we can celebrate who we are without fear of judgment or prejudice.”

  Zach Parker, assistant director for LGBTQIA+ programs and services at UMKC, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the university’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment year-round. 

  “Continuing programs like Pride Prom, all the pieces and services in LGBTQIA+ programs and services, multicultural student affairs, women’s and veterans center, all year long add to an inclusive environment here at UMKC,” Parker said. “I love to see more students get excited and come out to our programs and know that we are available for all students.”

The LGBTQIA+ programs and services want Pride Prom to serve as more than a celebration, but a testament to the resilience and strength of the community.

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