“They all scratched out ‘boy’ and put ‘girl’. That’s how we won.”
— Deoine Scott, left, on being chosen with her girlfriend Victoria (“Vikky”) Cruz as best couple at the South Bronx high school they attend and where they've been a couple since their sophomore year. It was Cruz who entered them into the contest and who scratched out "boy" and replaced it with "girl" first, after which other voters did the same. The couple won by a landslide, getting four times the number of votes as straight couples who'd entered. Cruz, an aspiring journalist, talks about her relationship with Scott in this NPR podcast and explains that it was easier to come out at school than at home, where her grandmother still doesn't know she's gay.