Texas may be known as a politically conservative state, but that doesn’t mean it’s like that everywhere.
C.C. Winn High School in Eagle Pass proved that this week when they voted two girls, who aren’t actually a couple, as this year’s homecoming queens. Plus, there was no king crowned. This was totally a double victory for both LGBTs and feminists everywhere. Take that, Michele Bachmann.
The two queens, Jennifer Mijares and Eileen Hernandez, stood proudly on stage to accept their crowns. In an interview with News 4 San Antonio, they made clear that it was all a part of a grassroots effort to support gay rights.
“I’m sure a lot of little girls always dreamed of being Homecoming Queen, but to know we were making a difference as well, it’s just amazing,” said 17-year-old Hernandez.
Hernandez herself identifies as a lesbian, while Mijares identifies as straight, but both are staunch supporters of LGBT rights. They both are good friends and are active in the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club. The girls say they ran together to raise awareness, and while they did receive a few negative responses here and there, they say the amount of support from the student body was overwhelming.
C.C. Winn’s Principal Jesus Diaz-Wever praised the student body for their choice in homecoming queens, saying that, “it is important for all persons to be respected and treated with dignity, and the students at C.C. Winn High School certainly understand that all persons are equal.”
Even though one is straight and one is gay, Hernandez and Mijares don’t mind being called partners. They both say they are allies and are proud of their win.