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High school honors only openly-lesbian couple

Thursday, June 07, 2012
High school honors only openly-lesbian couple

A high school senior class in the Sierra foothills is honoring the school's only openly lesbian couple.

Calaveras High School is in San Andreas, about an hour east of Stockton. Students there have voted seniors Becca Fernandez and Destinee Gates "Ccutest Couple" with their photo in the yearbook. The two have been together since their freshman year.

"It's a big deal because we're from a really conservative county and it hasn't happened before," Destinee said.

"Calaveras County, a lot of our rural counties, often get stereotyped as being un-accepting, maybe only one type of mentality and so forth, and I think that's a false perception," Principal Ric Stitt said.

Becca and Destinee say their classmates have been accepting. The two plan to attend college together in the fall nearby.

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