HEADSPACE Horsham is once again encouraging young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning people in the Wimmera to express an interest in attending the Minus18 Queer formal.
The Minus18 Queer formal is an event where young LGBTIQ+ they can express themselves, and be supported and celebrated. It will be held in Melbourne on April 6.
After the success of last year's formal, headspace Horsham is planning its second trip to the event.
Headspace Horsham LGBTI Youth Support worker Maddi Ostapiw said last year's event was a memorable and empowering experience for those who attended.
"The formal allows LGBTIQ+ youth to be themselves by providing an alternative to school formals and debutante balls," they said.
“We are limited to taking 40 young people, so we encourage people under the age of 18 to reach out to us at headspace Horsham if they are interested in going.
“You can dress as ‘cute’ as you want, this is an event where your clothing can match your gender identity and all colours of the rainbow are loved equally.
"Last year it was relieving for our young LGBTIQ+ community to be around other like people and not be judged. Some of the attendees even described the night as heaven on earth."
Related: Support for Wimmera LGBTI youth
Headspace Horsham will travel from Horsham to Melbourne on Saturday April 6 to attend the formal, which will run from 5 to 10pm.
The group will travel back immediately after the event. Pick up and return is also available from Stawell and Ararat.
The event is drug, smoke and alcohol-free, and will be fully supervised by LGBTIQ+ adults. Tickets cost $35 each, which covers travel and some light snacks.
To learn more about the event, please contact headspace Horsham on 5381 1543.
Expression of interest emails must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18, with permission forms to be completed and returned to headspace Horsham the following day.
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