A message posted on the State Theater’s marquee Tuesday had a lot of folks doing double takes.
South Bend resident Anton Murra paid to put a message on one side of the display: Mayor Pete will you go to Pride Prom with me?
It’s a question Murra hopes will inspire others to get creative when asking their dates to Pride Prom. He wants it to spark a conversation about the city’s LGBTQ community.
“This conversation would lead to a better understanding, a deeper level of living together in coexistence,” he said. “People don't have to be ashamed, or closeted or shy. But, actually pride.”
To help all residents feel that sense of pride, several activists are organizing the city’s first ever Pride Prom for adults at The Brick in South Bend June 22.
The event will feature dancing, live entertainment and a cash bar.
“Members of the QGLBT community, many of them have not been able to attend a prom on their own terms,” said one of the organizers Willow Weatherall. “So, we decided to do a 21 and older prom-themed social event in South Bend.”
Everyone is welcome to attend the event.
Murra is hopeful the mayor will take his invitation seriously and show up.
He says he’s thankful Buttigieg has already demonstrated his support for equal rights, but would like him to continue to send that message to the community.
“If the mayor would actually show up in the prom, that would give a message that an actual conversation has just started,” Murra said. “Total support to values of diversity, human rights, people's choice tt live the way they are, the way they want to be.”
Mayor Buttigieg’s office released a statement in response to the invitation Tuesday: “Mayor Buttigieg says he hasn’t seen the marquee, and while he supports equality for all, he says he probably won’t be able to attend.”
Tickets for Pride Prom can be purchased here.