Massachusetts-area LGBTQ youth had one more major event to attend this past weekend before prom season officially gave way to graduation season.
The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth's annual BAGLY Prom—the nation's oldest prom specifically geared towards LGBTQ young people and their allies—celebrated its 35th straight year at Boston City Hall on Saturday. The event, which drew hundred of attendees, was preceded by the 21st annual Massachusetts Youth Pride Festival, also organized by BAGLY this year.
Photographer Zoe Perry-Wood was at City Hall on Saturday to photograph the BAGLY Prom. The following are some of her portraits from that night.
Saturday night marked Perry-Wood's eighth year photographing the event.
Last year, when her work was exhibited as a part of The FENCE, Perry-Wood spoke with the World Photography Organization about her interest in the BAGLY Prom: "Change is happening quicker than ever before regarding issues such as same-sex marriage, trans rights and rights related to employment and housing. But longstanding, historical, outright discrimination and oppression, no matter how quickly things are changing, [leave] their marks on society."
She continued: "While more traditional proms are becoming incrementally safer and more welcoming, the BAGLY Prom, after 32 years, still provides dedicated space for youth to truly be themselves."
To see more of Perry-Wood's photography—which is represented by Boston's Gallery Kayafas and has been featured in group and juried exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Soho Photo Gallery in New York, Gallery Photographica in San Francisco, and elsewhere—go to zoeperrywood.com.
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