You all remember high school. Do you remember when everybody voted on “superlatives?” Most Talented. Cutest. Most likely to succeed. Most studious. I got “most studious” one time, which totally enhanced my nerd status. All I got to say about that is that the girl who was voted “most studious” with me is totally a bigwig doctor in the DC area now, and I yell at Porno Pete for a living, I get to work from home, and also I’ve been on national teevee several times. I also got “most talented,” and I’ll totally cop to that, no offense to the rest of my class, due to the fact that I’m a concert pianist and a singer/songwriter, and my first record in the latter category will be coming out around Christmas or so. (Details forthcoming!)
But if you haven’t seen this story yet, of a completely adorable gay couple being voted “cutest couple” in their yearbook, well, enjoy. That little tear in the corner of your eye is you realizing just how much things have changed:
Yes! This happened!
When 18-year-old Chelsea posted a photo of her classmates Brad Taylor And Dylan Meehan to her Tumblr blog this week, she did not anticipate the incredible response it would receive — within 24 hours, the entry had been shared almost 100,000 times.
The image was taken from her high school yearbook, and she included this caption:
“Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class. First time in my school 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.”
No one was more surprised, however, than the couple themselves. In an email to The Huffington Post, Taylor and Meehan shared their reaction to the image — and relationship — being shared around the world.
“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.”
Yay! High school romance! And yes, boys, your affection for each other is completely normal. We always knew that, but, at least in some high schools, the rest of the population is starting to figure that out.
Best wishes to both guys, wherever life may lead.