Human Rights

Calabasas High School elected their first Queen and Queen to the 2013 Homecoming Court this weekend, reported KTLA, another example of what could be seen as a shift in attitude from a species traditionally the world’s most bitchy and ignorant: the average American high schooler. Lily Cohen and Greta Melendez were anointed at the “big game” in Calabasas, Calif., this weekend, but they weren’t even the first LGBT homecoming queens in the nation. Color me shocked and impressed!

C.C. Winn High School in Eagle Pass, Texas, also elected two Queens to Homecoming Court. Jennifer Mijares and Eileen Hernandez, while not a couple like Cohen and Melendez, are the leaders of their school’s Gay Straight Alliance, according to the Huffington Post. This is a heartening trend.

HuffPo also noted, “Steven Sanchez became the first individual identifying as ‘gender queer’ to be crowned Homecoming Queen at his northern Iowa college to the sound of thunderous applause from his peers. In early October, Ray Ramsey, a transgender male high school student living in New Hampshire, received the title of Homecoming King by a reported ‘landslide’ victory at the hands of his peers.”

In late September, 16-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., also won her school’s Homecoming crown. Yay!

Still, most of these students have admitted to being bullied for their sexual orientation and although we’re clearly making strides here, there are idiots among us. Congratulations to these kids.