A preface: yes, this is in California, specifically a rather liberal section of California. But possibly, it heralds hope.
For what appears to be the first time in school history, the Davis Senior High student body has elected a gay couple into homecoming royalty. With each boasting a white sash declaring his title as “Prince,” the two 16-year-olds rode through the city of Davis on a recent Friday afternoon in the school’s annual homecoming parade.
They stood in the back of a pickup truck, arm-in-arm, smiling warmly despite the rain.
“People were so excited for us,” Gatewood said of the couple’s victory, announced a few weeks ago. “We were a little surprised, but Davis …”
“Is a liberal town,” interrupts his boyfriend of four months, Raphael. “Go 10 miles in any other direction and you’ll get some other feeling.”
I’ve said this before to my friends. This would seem to be prof of my hypothesis. While it’s true that almost every state in the nation has laws on the books or a state constitutional amendment preventing me from marrying my partner (with whom I mark 11 years next week), including California I might add, these laws will eventually be overturned. As the current generation of people who are in high school and college right now get older and become more interested in the laws that govern their lives. As older, more prejudiced generations die off. Things will change, I think, for the better. I think this will happen in my lifetime, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not 5 years from now. But within my lifetime.