Dave Rice 12:30 p.m., Aug. 24
In Bold Step Forward, Patrick Henry High School Selects Pretty Lesbian Couple As Homecoming King and Queen
Fellow Students Cite Hotness As Crucial Deciding Factor in Historic Gesture
"Up until now, they've all been kind of butch. At least we can imagine these two kissing."
EAGERLY ANTICIPATING THE INCORPORATION OF THIS STORY INTO A PLOT POINT ON GLEE - Patrick Henry High School senior Taylor Hunter was raised in an evangelical Christian home, where he was taught that homosexual behavior is an offense against God. "But sometimes," he said, "you have to stand up for what you believe in, despite what you've been told all your life. And I believe in hot lesbians."
Hunter was explaining his decision to vote for Rebeca Arellano and Haileigh Adams as this year's homecoming king and queen - a first for a San Diego high school. "I believe that young people are the future," he continued, "and we have the power to change things for the better. By honoring the beautiful people - whatever their sexual orientation - we can do our part to make the world a more beautiful place. I hope that 2011 will be remembered as the year that teenagers stood up for physical attraction in all its forms."
For Arellano, the honor marks the triumphant end of a long and sometimes difficult journey. "Growing up as an attractive lesbian, it was sometimes hard," she says. "There just weren't that many potential girlfriends to choose from. I'm just so happy that I found Haileigh, and that so many others are happy about it, too."
Still, despite her attractive features, Adams admitted that not everyone has been so supportive. "Anonymous Patrick Henry students are saying they're embarrassed and that it's wrong for a girl to take the spot of king. But there's no other way for us to run as a couple. I mean, it's not like we could have been a couple of queens."
Adams, who wore a cross over her homecoming court sash, took time during her acceptance speech to thank Jesus "for making all this possible."
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