A high school in Eagle Pass, Texas has elected two female students to share the honor of Homecoming Queen. Although Eileen Hernandez and Jennifer Mijares are not a couple, they are active allies of the LGBT community and are members of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at C.C. Winn High School.
They ran as a pair for Homecoming Court with the hopes of raising awareness about the LGBT community and to break the status quo.
The students of C.C. Winn voted the two in as the Royal Couple, making their election a sign of progress in a state where LGBT inclusiveness has not always been evident.
Hernandez and Mijares told San Antonio’s KABB that they received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement from their fellow classmates, and any negative remarks directed toward them were drowned out by the positive energy.
“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,” C.C. Winn’s principal, Jesus Diaz-Wever, told the Eagle Pass Business Journal. He praised Hernandez and Mijares for running together as well as the student body for being open to electing them as the Royal Couple.