If you're like me then you're probably wondering what's illicit about this picture. It seems that Superintendent Marion Bolden of Newark, New Jersey seems to think the image of Andre Jackson and his boyfriend David Escobales kissing warranted a huge black X over their picture in the school's yearbook. Bolden stated she was afraid the picture would upset parents. This statement coming from a woman who resides in a state that just granted civil unions to gay and lesbian couples.
It's so unfortunate that most Americans will accept images of violence before we will accept an image of Andre and David sharing a kiss. This is just a reminder that even in a liberal state like New Jersey there are still people who wish to ignore the fact that gay youth exist and their high school experiences mirror those of heterosexual teens. I wonder what the reaction would have been if Andre and David had been captured in a brawl?