The ‚ÄėFantasy Forest‚Äô ball took place at the Chaffers Function Centre next to Waitangi Park, the site for Saturday‚Äôs Out in the Park celebrations.
Simpson worked with a team of young people on the event and says "It's so important for young people to know there identity is valid and recognised, hosting events like this shows them they have a space in our community to be whoever they want to with out judgement and prejudice.‚ÄĚ
Ball-goers were welcomed by a group of drag artists and were dressed to impress, with rainbow flags as capes, unicorn headpieces and flowers among the costumes standing out at the door.
Jac Lynch, who organised a support group of adults, said in a statement provided by organisers that "It's hard for some young people to enjoy their own school balls because of discrimination and ignorance. Tonight, they've been visible in how they want to be.‚ÄĚ
The 20-strong volunteer group included youth workers, school counsellors, teachers and paramedics who provided security for the youth and gave rides home to those who needed them.