Homecoming court shouldn’t be decided on traditions

If you needed further proof that the 21st century is going to be a time of understanding and supporting fellow human beings then look no further than Patrick Henry High of San Diego. At the end of October, the California school nominated its homecoming court and, for the first time, females held both positions.

Rebeca Arellano was crowned king and her girlfriend, Haileigh Adams, queen. Both recipients said that they were excited and overwhelmed by the support that they received from their fellow students, family and friends, and they felt grateful for the change.

I support this amazing change that seems almost overdue. Back when I was in high school everyone just elected the most popular couple, complained and then moved on with their lives. This is no different, except that the most popular couple in school just so happened to be a lesbian couple. So what? They were voted in by their peers. They were the most popular choice. Well, of course not everyone was on board with this decsion, but it was mostly the boys who lost. So to them I say, deal with it.

Luckily, the couple is not brain-dead and was very aware of what was happening to them. They understood the responsibility they should have in their position, and that it comes with criticism.

ABC news reported that Arellano posted on Facebook a nice answer to her critics that I thought was quite appropriate. It read: “For all the girls who think tradition should be continued, go back to the kitchen, stop having sex before you’re married, get out of school and job system, don’t have an opinion, don’t own any property, give up the right to marry who you love, don’t vote, and allow your husband to do whatever he pleases to you. Think about the meaning of tradition when you use it in your argument against us.”

Right on! The king has spoken. Throw down your old beliefs that you have hammered into your brain to make them correct, and consider what it means to move forward and treat your fellow human beings like, well, human beings. Don’t get caught up in the hysteria of thinking people who aren’t like you deserve to be treated differently than anyone else.

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