Church Intervenes After Cancellation of LGBT Prom in Jacksonville

Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church in Jacksonville, FL swoops in to save the day after LGBT prom was canceled at a local library. High school students were excited to celebrate their prom, themed with Storybook characters and costumes, but were disappointed when the Willowbranch Library, which was where the event was originally scheduled to be held, canceled their evening because of community backlash. The library feared for the safety of the teen attendees because of all of the complaints they had received after a conservative blogger expressed her disapproval and encouraged her 700,000 followers to call the library and stand against the prom. However, this didn’t stop the teens from getting their magical Storybook Pride Prom. The Church gave them a space to hold their event, and even more than that, an evening to remember. Many volunteers came together to help and protect the children during their prom, and the church was praised for stepping in and demonstrating positivity and inclusivity in their community. The church’s past president, Grace Repass, commented quite simply that “It was the right thing to do.” About her church, Repass further explained, “We see our church as a safe place for people who are figuring out who they are. Our Unitarian Universalist values call us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person. So, it’s a matter of integrity– to act in alignment with who we say we are.” Bravo to this church and their example!