For the first time at Calabasas High School, a same-sex couple has been crowned as homecoming queen and queen.
“I was really surprised, actually,” Cohen said. “But I thought it was really amazing.”
“I was just shocked because it’s just amazing to see how much our school has changed in the past four years,” Melendez said. “When I was a freshman, we wouldn’t have gotten that reaction. I went through a lot of bullying.”
Melendez, who is president of the school’s Gay and Straight Alliance Club, speculated that she and Cohen were chosen by their peers because the couple’s friendships are not limited to a specific clique.
“We think the reason that we were picked to win is because, usually the homecoming king and queen are the most popular in their group of friends — whereas we are friends with all the little groups of people,” she said. “And they’ve never had a voice. They’ve never had someone to vote for.”