CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth (TOY) will hold its annual prom on April 27, 7:30-10.30 p.m., at Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. Theme is “A Night Beyond the Stars!”

This event is open to LGBTQ youth, ages 13-20. It is presented in an affirming, inclusive and chaperoned environment.

DJ Rob Yow will spin tunes and entertainment will be provided by Buff Faye and Casanova Cowboy. Free formal photos will be made available to attendees.

Shuttle service will be available from Time Out Youth to Grand Central from 7-8 p.m.

Tickets are $8 single/$12 couples in advance, $10 single/$15 couples at the door.

The event is drug and alcohol free.

In other news, TOY will host a Breaking the Silence Rally on the evening of the Day of Silence on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. TOY Executive Director Rodney Tucker says that although it is targeted at youth, it is open to the community.

After spending the day in a quiet mode, participants will be able to get loud and proud in standing up to LGBT discrimination and harassment in schools. Live music, food and games will highlight the festivities.

The Day of Silence is a national project of Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Every year since 1996, students have been able to join forces with others across the U.S. in voicing their concerns, albeit silently, as a protest by taking a vow of silence for one day. The initiative started at the University of Virginia and has grown into a national call to action, with more than 8,000 middle school, high school and college and universities banding together to voice outrage against bullying and harassment.

Students may be silent during non-instructional time as a part of right to free speech accorded to by the Constitution. However, during class time, they may be called upon to answer questions or give input. Talking to teachers ahead of time about participation in the Day of Silence may make it easier for students to be able to remain silent during class time.

Online resources are available from GLSEN to assist those who wish to become involved. Activity guides and organizing outlines, as well as other items are located under the quick links area of the website. Registration may be handled there as well.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.