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"Queer Prom" causes a stir

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A group of young people gathered at the Salt Lake City Library Saturday night for an alternative prom. It catered to gay youth, but one Utah organization is taking issue with the event.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A group of young people gathered at the Salt Lake City Library Saturday night for an alternative prom. It catered to gay youth, but one Utah organization is taking issue with the event.

The Utah Pride Center called it "Queer Prom," but Stephen Graham with Standard of Liberty says his problem with the event is that it encourages teens as young as 14-years-old to mingle in a romantic atmosphere with those 18-to 20-years-old.

Director of Youth Programs for Utah Pride Center Jude McNeil said the prom is a place for the youth to find support. With gay teens often being teased or bullied, McNeil says the purpose of the prom was to have a place where they're all accepted.

For Graham though, it's not the event, but rather those who are attending it that worries him. "We're concerned about some of the people that we've seen go in there," he said. "We've seen in our lives predators, and people that try to take advantage of other people."

McNeil said The Utah Pride Center hired policemen and adult chaperons to make sure there was no "heavy making out." McNeil also said the event was only social, and not sexual in nature.

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