A recent posting on Tumblr is going viral. A Tumblr user who goes by the name "Chelsea" posted a picture from the Carmel High School in New York City with the 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."
Their names are Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor, and the nationwide attention they've been receiving prompted them to release a statement to the The Huffington Post, "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."
They go on to write, "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."
Associated Press writer Jim Fitzgerald reports that the school's principal, Kevin Carroll, said tolerance is stressed all the time at the school, but he thinks acceptance of gays is not much of an issue for current high schoolers, "you can still hear about a gay man being attacked in New York City," he said, referring to a recent killing in Greenwich Village, "but these kids don't think that way."
School officials were concerned enough, however, that they did check with Meehan and Taylor's parents before publishing the "Cutest Couple" picture in the year book. Meehan's mother, Diane Maher, said, her son has never had any problems at school but, "my concern always is for his safety. He's in a healthy, positive relationship. They encourage each other to do well."