Why I want a high school student from the LBGTQ community to design my opening night dress for The Prom
by Vasthy Mompoint
After several marches, frustrated social media posts, crowdfunding, donating to organizations (that I have to simply hope will get to the person in need) and late night political discussions, I've decided I need a new way to fight the system.
Don't get me wrong, I do believe the actions above have helped and are important. A March shows the world we are here. Donations help organizations help those who need. Having a dignified conversation with someone who has different views than you can make a difference. But I'm starting to think the best way to really help the unrepresented in this world is to help their economy. What if I tried my best to mostly buy the things I want and need from Black people, women, the LBGTQ community, single mothers and companies owned by artists? What if we all tried to do this more?
I want to support the economy of the unrepresented. I want to donate to artistic projects created and developed by those who feel they have no voice. I don't have much power, and this feels small, but I finally feel like I am doing something.
My dream dress for the Opening of The Prom would be something that represents the LBGTQ community. And I would love to have the pride flag be a part of it in some way. I never went to Prom (no one… um asked), so this would also be my first Prom outfit! I love bright colors, tulle, and a fascinator, hat or really any kind of headpiece is my jam. All this being said, I am up for anything. My only rules: Be creative, be fun and be you.