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Texas High School Pulls Gay Couple’s Photo From Yearbook For Being “Too Intimate”

brennan-lesbians-yearbookA student at Brennan High School has started a petition after the yearbook supervisor pulled a picture of her and her girlfriend in what she believes is a case of discrimination.

The San Antonio Express News reports a photo of 16-year-old junior Felicia Rivera embracing her girlfriend, Lialani Hernandez, 17, was to be included on the yearbook’s Valentine’s Day page, along with five other couples.

But according to Rivera, once yearbook supervisor Amey Graybeal realized that the picture was of two girls, it was dropped.

“On Friday, February 22, 2013, the yearbook staff refused to put a gay couple on the couple’s page in the yearbook,” reads the petition, which has garnered nearly 300 signatures. “They claimed that they have nothing against gay rights, but are scared of how much criticism the school would get and how parents of straight people would refuse to buy the yearbooks.”

School officials, however, claim that the photo was pulled because it depicted too much PDA, in violation of the school’s handbook.

“It’s just an intimate picture; there’s no eye contact, they’re both looking down. It looks like a pretty intimate moment,” said Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez. “The Northside School District prides itself on providing the most high quality education for all students, and we welcome all students, as well as a safe and welcome environment. It’s important to know that the students are safe at Brennan High School.”

“I saw the page, and there are other PDA images that didn’t get pulled,” Felicia told the New York Daily News. “There was a guy’s arm around a girl’s shoulder. Other people were holding hands.”

Felicia’s father, Felix Rivera, is completely behind his daughter and after meeting with the school principal, plans to go through the yearbook “page by page” to make sure that no straight couples were depicted in a similar way.

As for Felicia, she doesn’t really care whether the photo gets included or not; for her the matter is “why it was pulled in the first place.” She and Lialani plan to start a gay-straight alliance at Brennan.

“Ever since I was little I’ve been sort of an outcast, you could say, but I mean I lived with it,” Felicia told KENS 5 News. “You shouldn’t be discriminated against just because you’re gay. You shouldn’t worry about people bashing you or talking behind your back just for you to be you.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Mar 6, 2013
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  • 4 Comments
    • Dionte
      Dionte

      At first glance i assumed the one against the wall was a boy, amazing people think this is ok to do this. It’s amazing how many of us survive in this world, they have mind fucked me for so many years, I hate them, and I think I mean it.

      Mar 6, 2013 at 8:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      If it was acceptable until it was noticed that both were female, then how can anyone pretend the reason it was pulled *wasn’t* that?

      Mar 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad Hunt
      Chad Hunt

      I think we all need to call and write letters to this school.

      William J. Brennan High School
      Address: 2400 Cottonwood Way, San Antonio, TX 78253
      Phone:(210) 398-1250

      Mar 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MuscleModelBlog.com
      MuscleModelBlog.com

      Unfortunately, given the stereotype of the state…I’m not totally surprised.

      Mar 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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