Cutest Couple… And They’re Gay

Dylan Meehan, left, and Bradley Taylor were named

Dylan and Bradley do make a pretty cute couple, don’t you think? (courtesy of Carmel High School)

To steal a phrase from Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin.” And I, for one, couldn’t be happier.

Administrators at Carmel High School in New York just distributed yearbooks today and students flipped excitedly through the pages to see which superlatives were added to their friends and classmates, likely even themselves. Among them were the winners for “Cutest Couple,” but they weren’t your typical boy-and-girl combination.

They were seniors Dylan Meehan, 18, and Bradley Taylor, 17, a gay couple who first met during a college visit to Brown University last year. And like me, they couldn’t be happier, either.

“At first we weren’t able to run because for the title, they were only allowed to pick a boy and girl,” Taylor told CNN recently. “But a bunch of our friends made an uproar and they changed it. So now you vote ‘student one’ and ‘student two.’ And I guess a lot of people voted for us and we won. So many people came up to us saying, ‘You guys are going to win.'”

Chelsea Blaney, a friend of the young couple, posted their yearbook photo on her Tumblr account with the following message: “Two of my best friends won ‘Cutest Couple’ of our senior class. First time in my school’s history that a same-sex couple has even been able to run for this category, not to mention winning it. So proud of them and my school.”

And believe it or not, but the majority of the feedback Blaney has received from “outsiders” has been positive. The times are definitely changing because just five or ten years ago, comments would have likely consisted primarily of hate-filled, gay-bashing threats and other negativity.

Damn right! (courtesy of londalika)

Thank goodness people are starting to come around, and this includes administrators at Carmel High, which to me seems far more progressive than many schools in our nation. In fact, school principal Kevin Carroll mentioned that it “hasn’t really been a big deal in the school,” which means students are opening their minds to the possibilities more, too.

What a great day for same-sex couples and gays across the nation!

After decades of fighting for the same rights afforded most Americans—the same civil rights, mind you—the U.S. finally seems to be turning a corner. More and more states are legitimizing gay marriage, our President is a huge supporter of gay rights and now, schools are starting to do their part, too.

The times, they are a changin. And let’s hope they keep on changing until finally, all Americans aren’t just considered equal; they are actually treated that way.

Posted on June 5, 2013, in Life, Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I grew up with an aunt who is a lesbian and by the time I was born the whole family was accepting. To me it was just how it was, I had two aunties instead of an aunt and an uncle. I am forever grateful for the openness nd I have had many conversations with my aunt as I got older on issues surrounding gays and lesbians. One of the most immpressionable on me had to be when she stated, “there isn’t enough love in this world as it is, we need more love, no matter the circumstances, love should never be a bad thing.” It is nice to see the progressiveness of the world, it is the small steps and stories like these that will bring about acceptance and rights. Thanks for sharing Scott!

    • Thank you for commenting, Kara. And your aunt is right: love is love. And when it’s between two consenting adults (and doesn’t involve children or farm animals), I say go for it. There is too little love in this world, so adding more is always a good thing. I appreciate the insight and send kudos to your aunt for being so open-minded! See ya, sister!

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