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Scenes from the 2017 Hatch Prom at Numbers on June 1

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About 350 people were on hand for the 2017 Hatch Prom for LGBTQ youth on June 1. Kent Loftin, development director for the Montrose Center, said 300 LGBTQ youth attended the event at Numbers in Montrose, an increase of about 100 from last year. “We printed a lot of extra fliers, and we mailed them directly to our ally teachers all throughout the area,” Loftin said. “The new superintendent of HISD [Richard A. Carranza] is working with Hatch Youth in a lot bigger way.” A VIP party for adults upstairs raised about $14,000 so LGBTQ youth could attend the prom for free. Blue Mambo Hair Salon provided makeovers.—John Wright

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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