Theodore Vidal and Colin Beyers are two teens in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, who have been dating for a while and decided to be each other's prom date this year.
As you can see, they're the cutest:
On prom night, they got all dressed up in matching tuxes to continue the cuteness trend, and took a traditional stroll down the boardwalk together for pictures and vibes.
As they walked, they heard a group of men call out to them, Buzzfeed reports.
"It's South Jersey. Guys pick on us for being gay a lot," Vidal told Buzzfeed. "It's an area where you normally would get picked on and discriminated against."
The scene unfolded in front of Good Morning America segment producer Michael Del Moro, who was out on the boardwalk, too, with his family — and his boyfriend. Del Moro described it all in a Twitter thread that went viral, explaining that he used to get harassed with homophobic slurs a lot walking in the same area. He says that night, a bunch of guys on a rooftop bar were yelling at the students on the boardwalk who were obviously visiting from prom to kiss.
But then Vidal and Beyers showed up, and Del Moro was really afraid of what might happen next. He expected something bad of the rooftop bros, just like the boys did.
But instead, the bros yelled for the couple to kiss, just like they had with the boy/girl couples.
The kiss was met with wild celebration, much to Del Moro's relief. Though he admits things aren't better everywhere, or even in Jersey a lot of the time, it gave him hope for how things can change.
Everyone loved the story so much, they tried to figure out who the couple was, and it wasn't long before Vidal and Beyer were located.
It also turns out that Del Moro actually knew one of the guys on the rooftop (small town), and he told Del Moro they were very happy for the gay couple, sincerely.
This story is so cute, I want to ask it to prom, and I'm not the only one:
The teens told Buzzfeed they've both struggled with coming out, and have at times felt ostracized or lost, but being together has helped them to get braver and more open about who they are.
"It always gets better; that's what I tell myself when it's hard," Beyers said. "For those that are getting bulled or in a dark place and feel like it won't stop or end, it does. Those people go away and you meet better people who love you for who you are. When I feel like I'm discriminated against I tell myself that it will get better and it does."
This is the perfect prom story.
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