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Students Vote Gay Couple Homecoming Princes
Monterey Herald ^ | 10/26/2007 | Kim Minugh

Posted on 10/28/2007 3:35:36 PM PDT by mngran2

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the royalty of Davis Senior High School's junior class: Brandon Raphael and his prince, Kiernan Gatewood. 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."

Indeed, the news might surprise few in Davis, a city embraced and, at times, mocked for its liberal leanings.

But students and adults cheering on the boys recognized their election as a meaningful milestone.

Lai-San Seto, advocacy coordinator for the San Francisco-based Gay-Straight Alliance Network, said the Davis Senior High homecoming election is not the first case of gay students bucking tradition.

But it remains far from the norm, Seto said.

And usually by the time she hears about such things, they've become a controversy within their community.

"It's a sign that LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenderand queer) people are getting recognized everywhere," she said. "LGBTQ are considered vital members of the school community and are able to participate in school events in the same full way that their straight fellow students are able to." Seto applauded the Davis Senior High student body for their acceptance — and the school administration for being "open-minded."

In the weeks since officials announced the homecoming court, there's been no public outcry — not by campus leaders, not by students and not by the community.

Students said they were encouraged that the election was not an issue for campus administrators. They said they were less surprised that a gay couple would win than they were that officials allowed it to happen.

"I thought the administration would have more to say about it," Raphael said.

Principal Michael Cawley declined to comment on the boys' election, saying only that he hoped to keep the issue "low-key."

Students, however, were eager to talk. They piled atop floats and lined the parade route to show their school spirit, armed with air horns and fistfuls of candy.

Some have been celebrating their friends' landmark victory for days.

"I think it's just such a good thing for our school. Just knowing that the other kids recognize them as a couple and would vote for a gay couple to be prince and prince of homecoming. ... I don't know, I just think it's awesome," said senior Chandler Fox, co-president of the campus Gay-Straight Alliance. "I want people to know about it so maybe it can happen at another school."

Decked out in Davis Senior High's colors of blue and black, sophomore Charlotte ter Haar and two friends agreed that the election was significant because it came straight from the students — Raphael and Gatewood won in a write-in ballot election.

Couples could campaign for their class titles — king and queen for seniors, prince and prince(ss?) for juniors, etc. — but no names appeared on the ballot. Students wrote in their own candidates.

"The students voted for who they wanted to win," ter Haar said.

Parent Lorna Bernard said she was taken aback by the news — only because in her day, a gay couple stood to be harassed by their peers, not elected.

But Raphael and Gatewood, she said, are "not just accepted, they're popular — popular enough to be elected as homecoming princes."

And that, she said, is "really cool."

As for the boys, they said they campaigned hard in anticipation of the election. But their goal, they said, was not to make a political statement.

"We wanted to be nominated and win," Raphael said.

Added Gatewood: "Just like anybody else."


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Unimaginable in my day, but I guess not too surprising today given what gets taught in public schools.
1 posted on 10/28/2007 3:35:37 PM PDT by mngran2
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To: mngran2

***As for the boys, they said they campaigned hard in anticipation of the election. But their goal, they said, was not to make a political statement.***

No political statement? Bull


2 posted on 10/28/2007 3:37:52 PM PDT by wastedyears (A cosmic castaway)
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To: mngran2

San Francisco at it’s best ...


3 posted on 10/28/2007 3:37:52 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: mngran2

Must they make a mockery of every single tradition that ever was? All this pandering and teaching is nothing less than negligence of the mentally ill.


4 posted on 10/28/2007 3:38:26 PM PDT by gidget7 ( Vote for the Arsenal of Democracy, because America RUNS on Duncan!)
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To: mngran2

Spew.
“Principal Michael Cawley declined to comment on the boys’ election, saying only that he hoped to keep the issue “low-key.”
Translation: “I’m ashamed of this school.”


6 posted on 10/28/2007 3:41:52 PM PDT by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: gidget7

If only they knew, that for the vast majority of kids who voted for them, they are a joke and are being laughed at behind their backs.


7 posted on 10/28/2007 3:43:30 PM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: gidget7

I never quite though of homecoming elections as a ‘tradition’ but rather a high school popularity contest at best or a ‘demonstration’ election controlled by school administrators at worse.

And in a day and age when we have had gay governors, gay congressmen and gay senators, I imagine that the nation can survive a gay homecoming couple.


8 posted on 10/28/2007 3:43:32 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: mngran2

How do they know the couple is gay?


9 posted on 10/28/2007 3:48:16 PM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: mngran2

In the early to mid eighties we have a few effeminate boys coming to high school dressed as women. Transvestites. In high school.

In a rural, logging town.

It only took a couple ass-beatings out on the football field to put an end to that crap.


10 posted on 10/28/2007 3:50:51 PM PDT by Grunthor (Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.)
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To: gidget7
Must they make a mockery of every single tradition that ever was?

Yes. The homosexual political agenda is obsessive and totalitarian, so they are compelled to destroy every tradition.

11 posted on 10/28/2007 3:50:54 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: prov1813man

That’s sad, too.


12 posted on 10/28/2007 3:51:38 PM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: wastedyears

Yeh...Tell me where they are in ten years. Married, two children. What a farce this is.


13 posted on 10/28/2007 3:52:49 PM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: prov1813man

You got it right!!


14 posted on 10/28/2007 3:53:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: mngran2

so much for the talk of legalizing same sex sodomy being about consenting ADULTS in PRIVATE.

Public displays of affection by minors sanctioned by the State schools.


15 posted on 10/28/2007 3:56:33 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Crawdad
How do they know the couple is gay?

The Gay Homecoming couple could only be called gay if they have in fact had sex.

Thus, all Straight Homecoming Couples could only be called straight if they in fact have had sex.

16 posted on 10/28/2007 3:56:59 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: mngran2
back when I was in school we had the Japanese foreign exchange student win. We all know that was what was going to happen and that was that. It also allowed us not to have “____ist” tagged to us.
17 posted on 10/28/2007 3:57:37 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: puroresu

puro has it right. Political agenda “because they can” without regard for the social and moral foundations of this country. Aided and abetted by the ACLU and democrats. Meh.

TC


18 posted on 10/28/2007 3:57:49 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: trumandogz
>>And in a day and age when we have had gay governors, gay congressmen and gay senators, I imagine that the nation can survive a gay homecoming couple.<<

Why should we have to? These people act like they invented homosexuality, when if fact, all they’ve done is make it acceptable to shove it in our faces every chance they get.

Homosexuals are sickening people. Why can’t they just shut the hell up?

19 posted on 10/28/2007 3:58:56 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: weegee

Public displays of affection are mostly, NOT sodomy. Perhaps you can recall what sodomy is and we can all agree it should not be done in public.


20 posted on 10/28/2007 3:59:07 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: ishabibble

Do you really believe that the Homecoming King and Queen are “sexualized” honors?


21 posted on 10/28/2007 4:01:41 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: mngran2
“Deviancy defined down” (My apologies to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, RIP).
22 posted on 10/28/2007 4:01:59 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Without imagined victims there could be no democrat party.)
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To: trumandogz

King & Queen are sort of gender specific, aren’t they?


23 posted on 10/28/2007 4:04:24 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: Grunthor
It only took a couple ass-beatings out on the football field to put an end to that crap.

Yeah, there were a couple of effeminate guys in my high school too. Somehow, the thought of taking them out to the football field and beating the s**t out of them never really occurred to anybody.

Maybe we just weren't as threatened by their sexuality as much as you guys were.

24 posted on 10/28/2007 4:04:27 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: mngran2

I guarantee that both will be dead,or damn close to it,five years from today.


25 posted on 10/28/2007 4:05:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: mngran2

So they have Homecoming Sissies instead. Isn’t that just so special!


26 posted on 10/28/2007 4:05:59 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: gidget7
Must they make a mockery of every single tradition that ever was?

That is their goal. To destroy every aspect of Western Civilization.

And don't doubt for a second that some of the "educators" had a hand in this.

27 posted on 10/28/2007 4:06:31 PM PDT by B Knotts (Tancredo '08!)
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To: wastedyears

Yeah, right.


28 posted on 10/28/2007 4:06:43 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: mngran2

I suspect they might have been elected because teenagers just love the “shock” factor. Let’s see how we can shock the adults this week...


29 posted on 10/28/2007 4:07:15 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: Grunthor

30 posted on 10/28/2007 4:10:15 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: puroresu

Yes, king and queen are gender specific and the is perhaps why the school named each of the students a “Prince.”

However, I still do not see anything sexual about that role of homecoming king and queen or prince and prince etc.

Furthermore, people are making the assumption that just because it is a gay couple that was elected that the two must be sexually active.

That being the case, are we to assume that all straight couples that are elected homecoming king and queen are also sexually active?


31 posted on 10/28/2007 4:10:44 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

Watching the effect of decades of “Gay” and “Leftist” agenda being pushed down the throats of our children, sure brings a new level of understanding into how a society can turn with a vengeance against the “intellectuals” and “activists” who championed the indoctrination....

The killing fields of Cambodia come to mind as the extreme scenario that can result....

Are we too “civilized” or indifferent to take the necessary action to preserve the Republic as a sane, moral and principled nation —— before only the most extreme measures become necessary?


32 posted on 10/28/2007 4:11:08 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: mngran2

Hmmm....the average smoking white male lives to something like 70....the average homosexual male lives to something like 50....guess they likely won’t be around to party at their 30th class reunion. And, wonder how much THEIR health care will cost.....


33 posted on 10/28/2007 4:11:26 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: mngran2

Wouldn’t they be voted the “Queens”?


34 posted on 10/28/2007 4:11:53 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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35 posted on 10/28/2007 4:12:22 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: mngran2

the school authorities should cancel homecoming, and all other extracurricular activities. for the year. Teach those young punks a lesson.


36 posted on 10/28/2007 4:12:33 PM PDT by balch3
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To: puroresu

Everytime I start to feel that CA really is a part of the US, along comes something like this to whack that emotion right in the forehead...


37 posted on 10/28/2007 4:12:53 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ No more miller brewing products, pass it on/Isaiah 3.3)
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To: Drew68

That’s how it was in my high school. A few people were gay and no one really cared.

In fact, the boys that were gay were in good with the girls were great at setting us up with the girls we liked.


38 posted on 10/28/2007 4:14:29 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: mngran2

The students in that school have been well indoctrinated.


39 posted on 10/28/2007 4:15:17 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: trumandogz

Evidently, it is now...


40 posted on 10/28/2007 4:18:58 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: trumandogz
Yes, king and queen are gender specific and the is perhaps why the school named each of the students a “Prince.”

Don't you find that appalling, and insulting to the girls at that school? Should guys be allowed to enter beauty pageants, or show up as cheerleaders wearing the girls' uniforms? Why does every wholesome thing have to be wrecked to gratify these weirdos?

41 posted on 10/28/2007 4:19:03 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: puroresu
Yes, Puroresu, there are Boy Cheerleaders at most high schools.

What bothers me is that we are assuming that these two boys are having gay sex and we do not necessarily assume that the homecoming king is sleeping with the homecoming queen

42 posted on 10/28/2007 4:23:44 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: Kozak

Beat me to it! They should have been the Homecoming Queens for the Day!

The student body thinks they are too clever by half........nothing but political correctness run amok.


43 posted on 10/28/2007 4:24:03 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically))
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To: trumandogz
Furthermore, people are making the assumption that just because it is a gay couple that was elected that the two must be sexually active.

That being the case, are we to assume that all straight couples that are elected homecoming king and queen are also sexually active?

Apples and oranges.

Straight couples are, on the face of it, exhibiting normal, healthy relationships, and until fairly recently teenagers were at least expected to conform to societal restraints.

Homosexual couples, on the other hand, are exhibiting abnormal, unhealthy, deviant, disturbed behavior, and, since their very relationship is in defiance of societal taboo, societal restraints are less than even a minor inconvenience to them. Perverted sexual congress is implicit in their declaration of poofterhood.

44 posted on 10/28/2007 4:24:24 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: Kozak
Wouldn't they be voted the “Queens”?

Who leads during their dance?

45 posted on 10/28/2007 4:25:03 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: mngran2

how to raise perverts


46 posted on 10/28/2007 4:26:44 PM PDT by wardaddy (Behind the lines in Vichy Nashville)
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To: trumandogz
A few people were gay and no one really cared.

Probably because they didn't get in your face about it...I just don't want any of this stuff waved about in my face or my childrens. If someones sexual preference is the same sex, please leave it in the bedroom. I'm sick of seeing these idiots make fools of themselves "prancing" around the Keys,NY City,S.Fran or in New Orleans with an agenda to flaunt...I have very good friends who are gay and hate the fact that these flaunters flaunt!

47 posted on 10/28/2007 4:27:49 PM PDT by oust the louse ("NEVER LET THE ENEMY PICK THE BATTLESITE".....General George S. Patton,Jr.)
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To: trumandogz
I wrote: Should guys be allowed to enter beauty pageants, or show up as cheerleaders wearing the girls' uniforms?

You replied: Yes, Puroresu, there are Boy Cheerleaders at most high schools.

I think you missed the point.

What bothers me is that we are assuming that these two boys are having gay sex and we do not necessarily assume that the homecoming king is sleeping with the homecoming queen

I make no such assumption. However, I do find it appalling that yet another tradition is being destroyed for no better reason than to normalize a deviancy and to deconstruct our society into a nihilistic wasteland.

48 posted on 10/28/2007 4:31:25 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Do we want our high school kids to be having sex, gay or straight?

Homosexual couples, on the other hand, are exhibiting abnormal, unhealthy, deviant, disturbed behavior, and, since their very relationship is in defiance of societal taboo, societal restraints are less than even a minor inconvenience to them. Perverted sexual congress is implicit in their declaration of poofterhood.

You do realize that there are straight couples that exhibit behavior that could be considered "abnormal, unhealthy, deviant and disturbed?"

49 posted on 10/28/2007 4:35:44 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: oust the louse

No one should be in my face flaunting their sexuality to me. I do not care if they are gay or straight, keep it in the bedroom where it belongs!

Most importantly, Keep the Nanny State out of my bedroom and out of my gay neighbor’s bedroom.


50 posted on 10/28/2007 4:40:47 PM PDT by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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