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High school student says banned yearbook photo is anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A teenager in San Antonio, Texas, says her high school has blocked a photograph of her and her girlfriend from appearing in the yearbook because they are gay.

Felicia Rivera, 16, said a photo depicting her embracing her girlfriend, Lialani Hernandez, 17, was pulled from the Brennan High School yearbook after the school’s yearbook supervisor, Amey Graybeal, discovered that the photo was of two girls.

The photo at the center of the controversy (above) features Lialani Hernandez (left) and Felicia Rivera.

Felicia said the photo didn’t raise any eyebrows — until Graybeal realized it featured Felicia and her girlfriend. Rivera’s face in the picture (above) is obscured by her hair.

“The teacher was perfectly fine with the picture until she found out it was two girls,” she said. “It’s not right.”

The photo was selected for the Valentine’s Day page that featured photos of six other straight couples; Felicia said she was first told the picture was being pulled because it showed a gay couple.

But, she said, the school’s principal, Gerardo Marquez, later denied that explanation and said the image was yanked because the picture showed “too much PDA.”

Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the school district, said that it’s the photo itself, not the couple, that violates the school’s code of conduct.

Felicia has gathered about 200 student signatures calling for the photo to be placed back in the yearbook.

Felicia’s father, Felix Rivera’s met with Marquez on Wednesday to discuss his daughter’s presence in the yearbook. He said he plans to go through the yearbook “page by page” to make sure there are no heterosexual couples depicted in a similar way.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. DISlike aber sowas von :(

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:06pm
  2. It sure as heck is anti-gay discrimination.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:06pm
  3. Welcome to Texas!! Are you really surprised??? No…. it’s just the cost of living in a completely backasswards state of denial there!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:06pm
  4. I’m in Texas and I got fired because of my facebook photo of me and my gf. Texas……smh

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:07pm
  5. Anywhere in Texas outside of Austin? Most likely, yes.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:07pm
  6. It’s funny how you’ll read these articles and the community gets blamed somehow, when they wouldn’t have gone nearly as far if the school treated the couple like every other school couple. Love is very normal, so are relationships. Stoopid people banning things because they are prejudiced.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:08pm
  7. so wrong

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:09pm
  8. Good ole San Antonio. I live here, and my partner and I experience homophobia, if not blatant discrimination, on the regular. it’s utterly ridiculous!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:09pm
  9. Move to Dallas! It’s nice up here!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:10pm
  10. maybe its time we started bringing up lawsuits and complaints about hetero couples kissing and groping in public

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:12pm
  11. Texas, HOME OF HATERS!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:18pm
  12. WHA…. why does texas have to suck so much?… ;/ Live in texas sigh… that’s sad ;/

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:20pm
  13. Texas is so lame it cant even take credit, IT FOLLOWED other states hatred and bigotry. Lazy hating Texans for ya.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:20pm
  14. Yes. Life in Texas as far as discrimination is hard after living in such an open and accepting city like St. Louis, MO. My compliments to the father for going through and making sure no other pics of other couples are put into the year book

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:34pm
  15. this is completely discriminatory!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:37pm
  16. Maybe someone can be bribed into getting a pic back in :-D
    I worked Yearbook…the final copy doesn’t go in for another few months.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:58pm
  17. Fight back! or Leave.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:16pm
  18. Well. Maybe it isn’t in the yearbook because it isn’t a very good quality photo.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:21pm
  19. Total BS.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:43pm
  20. And how is this “Too Much” PDA again?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:00pm
  21. Some kids in the yearbook do subjective poses etc. This looks really pg to me.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:12am
  22. Lame. They look so in love. Such a cute pic!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:47am
  23. I like how the teacher was actually stupid enough to proclaim her disgust AFTER it was selected to be published. What a simpletonistic bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:54am
  24. Wow. I think that teacher needs to keep her options to herself.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 8:19am