You could accuse New York’s Carmel High School in New York of a lot of things — bad cafeteria lunches or a too-strict lateness policy, maybe — but don’t call them homophobic.
In the school’s 2012/2013 yearbook, the winner of “Cutest Couple” is a same-sex couple. Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan’s photo has gone viral in a few days time thanks to their friend Chelsea Blaney, who posted it on Tumblr (although we first saw it on The Huffington Post):
“First time in my school['s] history 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,” she wrote with the picture from the yearbook.
The couple tells HuffPo:
This whole thing has been a bit surreal for us because we have been raised to believe that love is love. We never realized that our happiness and openness would inspire so many individuals. The support we have received from our family, friends, and even strangers has led us to believe that our affection for each other is normal … When we started dating a year [ago], the thought of a photo of us traveling throughout the world would be a bit frightening, but now we are proud to be part of the LGBT community.
Brad and Dylan are the school’s first-ever same-sex couple to be voted “Cutest.” Well over 100,000 people have seen the photo since it was first posted on Tumblr, although now that Chelsea is lobbying Ellen DeGeneres to book the couple on her show, it appears as if a few zeroes on the end of that number are probably in order.
Photo credit: I’m Always Singing
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