Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Gay Prom Date that Went Viral

From www.parentsociety.com column:
An over-hyped rite of passage in modern American society is the high school prom pics. Proms—or promenades—began in the 18th century among the elite classes or British society, in which people would more or less “come out” as mature men and women in society. Through the decades, proms transformed and morphed into an egalitarian middle-class teenage ritual among the high schools across this country.  Being a pretty good dancer and an extrovert, I found myself going to proms all of my three years of high school.  I bought the corsage, showed up on time at my date’s house, and then there was the obligatory pic by the parents of the cute couple in gown and tux. I never dated any of the girls. We simply went as friends.  My children also went to their proms, with the obligatory pictures taken, having fun in dating late into the night, going to a 24-hour diner for breakfast at 1 in the morning.
Because I know this ritual so well—both having participated in it, and watching my grown children go through the same thing rituals—I was caught by the picture of the so-called “cutest couple” who showed up at the Carmel High School (California) prom. Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor were not only at the prom, but were voted the cutest couple in their high school. Their friend Chelsea Blaney posted their pics from the year book and their prom photos on Tumblr, and the pics went viral. Both Dylan and Brad met when they were visiting Brown University as high school juniors. They came out soon after to their respective parents, and have been dating ever since.  Both young men, who currently have a 4.0 GPA, are going to New York University in the fall, studying theater.

More here: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/a-gay-prom-date-pic-goes-viral-and-the-world-is-a-better-place-for-it/

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