At a time when many teens are teased, taunted, and harassed for their sexuality, it is refreshing to hear about a school in Olivehurst, CA nominating  two homecoming princesses, one gay, instead of the traditional homecoming prince and princess.

The two Lindhurst High School juniors,  Ellie Yang and Corina Soto-Gonzalez, both 17, are using the nomination to spread awareness and acceptance for gay rights. Corina, who came out to her parents and classmates at age 15, wants to spread hope for other students who are still in the closet.

She told reporters ” People shouldn’t be afraid to be who you are.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth often face tremendous difficulty in school and are frequently the target of bullying.