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Good News: A High School Supports its Homecoming Queens
In Miranda July’s film The Future, the main character says something about how she wants to keep with the news, but that she's so behind she doesn't know where to start. I have to admit that I often feel this way. I also often feel like I’m so worn out from everyday life that I don’t want the dose of sadness that the news often brings.
Which is why it’s always such a relief to hear a story of people being kind and open-minded, people with what they used to call character. Take, for example, the lesbian homecoming queens of San Diego’s Patrick Henry High School. Chosen and cheered by their peers, and almost immediately flooded with anti-gay hate mail, these girls seem to be the embodiment of a “teachable moment.” The situation must have seemed that way to the school’s superintendent, Bill Kowba, too. According to this piece at Good, Kowba said at a press conference Monday that he was “furious” at the hate mail and negative backlash: “What is essentially disappointing is that adults who have contacted the school...are demonstrating such a lack of tolerance and such a negative role model for children with their hateful comments.”
After all, there’s been a lot of news lately about gay teens
being victimized and bullied, even to the point of being driven to suicide. Here are two girls who are doing a brave thing by living their truth, during high school no less, that greenhouse for conformity
and self-consciousness. And here is a school where the student body has
accepted and welcomed gay students. How
gratifying to see that here are also adults involved who, amid controversy, are backing up the kids, and respecting them as people.
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