by Alison Dorf
Hats off to NYC's Carmel High School, where two boys were recently voted as "cutest couple" of their senior class.
The news went viral after a fellow classmate wrote about the yearbook status on her Tumblr, just five days ago.
"Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class," she wrote. "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."
Since then, the photo has received national attention in The Washington Post, ESPN and USA Today.
The attention has also prompted the boys—Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor—to release a statement to 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. 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."
It's not so much the boys winning the cutest couple award that excites me so much, but the fact that they are getting overwhelming attention does. While change is always slow, this shows that my generation is taking the right steps.
This, ladies and gents, is called progress.