Two Lesbian Students Walk Royalty Court as Classmates Cheer

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Two lesbian students at a Minneapolis high school fought for and won the right to walk together as part of a royalty court at their school pep rally, and when they did, hundreds of their classmates cheered.

On Monday, Sarah Lindstrom and Desiree Shelton walked hand-in-hand into the Snow Days Pep Fest at Champlin Park High School, wearing matching black suits and pink ties, reports the Associated Press. It was a special moment for the teens, who almost weren't allowed to walk together in the procession.
"It felt amazing," said Desiree, who was so nervous she hardly noticed the standing ovation she and Sarah were given. "I think we were too focused on getting to the stage."

At Champlin Park High, those who are voted onto the royalty court usually walk in boy-girl pairs, but after Sarah and Desiree were elected, the school changed its policy so that members of the court could only walk individually or with a parent or teacher.

After an alarming six students from the Minnesota school district committed suicide in the 2009-10 school year, officials said they were trying to prevent Sarah and Desiree from being teased. Still, two human rights groups filed a lawsuit on behalf of the teens, and as a result, the school amended their policy to allow members of the royalty court to be escorted by anyone of any gender or age.

Are you glad that Sarah and Desiree got to walk together in the pep rally? What's your school's policy? Can members of your royalty court walk down the aisle with anyone they want? Let us know in the comments.

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