Cutest Couple… And They’re Gay
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.
“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.
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 Carmel High School, children, civil rights, commentary, current-events, education, Gay, gay rights, life, new york, news, perspectives, school, United States. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.