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December 4, 2012 > 'Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom' a Film Premiere

'Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom' a Film Premiere

Submitted By Shawna Sherman

Join the Hayward Public Library and the Lambda Youth Project for a screening of the new film "Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom" Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Hayward City Hall Council Chambers.

The Lambda Gay Prom has been an annual Hayward event since 1994 - one of the longest-running events for queer youth of its kind in the country. Yearly, hundreds of Bay Area youth have come to see the prom as a safe place to be themselves and celebrate with other youth.

This documentary film is a culmination of a two-year project which trained teens to be filmmakers with the help of a team of library staff and professional advisors. It highlights the history of the prom as an important Hayward institution and its impact on attendees and the community.

"Working on the film I learned a lot about the history of Hayward and the perspectives of the adult community and youth on LGBTQ issues. I learned how important the gay prom is to exist because it gives kids a place to have fun and fulfills their right to feel comfortable," said Natalina Campopiano, a teen filmmaker and senior at Hayward High School. "It makes me appreciate what I have now."

After the screening, stay to meet the filmmakers and discuss the film with a special panel of community leaders and film subjects who played a key role in launching the event, and who continue to organize this well-loved prom for hundreds of Bay Area youth every year. Admission to the event is free.

This project was sponsored in part by Cal Humanities and the Friends of the Hayward Public Library. For more information please contact Laurie Willis at (510) 881-7936 or

Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom
Friday, Dec 7
7:30 p.m.
Hayward City Hall Council Chambers
777 B Street, Hayward
(510) 881-7936

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