Pikeville’s Pride organization is hosting an inaugural prom to raise money and celebrate the LGBTQ community on July 12.

The Pikeville Pride Prom will take place at the Coal Run Community Center on 105 Church Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. People of all ages can attend, but children who are 16 years old or younger must be chaperoned by an adult. Tickets range from $10 for youth and $20 for adults, though adults who wish to sponsor a ticket for a young person can pay $30.

“We really wanted to have an event for all ages,” said Gina Bryant, one of the Pikeville Pride organization volunteers. “Some young people may not feel comfortable bringing someone to their school’s prom who they may really like, and we wanted to give them that opportunity.”

Bryant said the event is intended to be a fundraiser for the city’s second Pride event, which is scheduled for Oct. 12. The first Pikeville Pride event took place on Oct. 20 last year at Pikeville City Park, with about 400 people in attendance.

“We had so many young people come up and tell us how important that event was to them and how they never thought a Pride event like that would happen in Pikeville,” Bryant said.

Along with dancing, the prom will feature a raffle, food and a silent auction, with bidding items starting at $1. According to event organizers, the dress code is “as casual or as extravagant as you please,” and bringing a date is not required. LGBTQ allies are welcome, and about 90 people are expected to attend.

Bryant, who is part of the LGBTQ community, said she grew up in Pikeville and knew many individuals in the community who faced backlash because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. She said hosting a Pride Prom and a city Pride event are just the beginning for the organization’s impact on the community because the organization wants to continue helping people living around Pikeville.

“(Being LGBTQ) is generally accepted in larger cities like Lexington or Louisville, so we always felt like we needed to go to bigger cities to feel accepted,” Bryant said. “This is home for us, and we want to feel accepted here.”

To purchase tickets, check out Pikeville Pride on Facebook.

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