This story of a young gay couple in New Jersey is totally unexpected and absolutely heartwarming
We’re in 2018 but something as simple as going on a date or holding hands is still pretty scary for lots of people in the LGBT+ community. So, imagine how nervous these two teens must have felt when they decided to go to prom together.
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Theodore Vidal and Colin Beyers, from Seaside Heights in New Jersey, had been dating for a while and decided to go to their school’s annual shindig as a couple. As you can see, the pics of the pair together are pretty adorable:
On prom night, they were walking along the town’s boardwalk in their matching tuxedos to take a few selfies when they heard group of guys shouting from the top of a roof.
“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.”
American journalist Michael Del Moro happened to be in the area and witnessed the scene unfold. His Twitter thread detailing what happened next is absolutely worth a read; just make sure you have your hankies at the ready because if this doesn’t make you shed a few happy tears then you’re obviously a stone-hearted demon monster…
A short thread from here in Seaside Heights, NJ, where—not so long ago—young men would shout the word “f****t” out their car window as we’d stroll along the boardwalk.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
Last night, while out for Mother’s Day with our families (read: getting some late-night ice cream because treat yourself!) we noticed a group of rowdy bros gathered on a rooftop bar obnoxiously yelling “KISS HER!” in unison at every apparent couple that passed by.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
It was quintessential “Jersey Shore” and, unfortunately, several couples obliged the request to raucous cheers thereby further encouraging the rowdiness. We rolled our eyes.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
It’s prom season here, so at that time of night you’ll see high schoolers in their formal attire. As we walked by the rooftop bros, an adorable teenage gay couple passed us in perfectly fitting midnight bue tuxes, matching pink ties, holding hands.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
I looked at Alec (my boyfriend), my mom, my sister, and stopped to make sure the couple was okay as they walked by... worried that something might happen. The rooftop crew quickly switched from “KISS HER!” To “KISS HIM!”— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
After some hesitation, the young men kissed... and let me tell you: both the rooftop crew and everyone else on the boardwalk just went absolutely wild for them and we all breathed a sigh of relief.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
This is not a “look everything’s fine now, thread,” and yes... it’s New Jersey, but I just thought it was worth sharing and an encouraging moment for young LGBTQ folks out there.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
LGBT+ people still face immense discrimination, violence and even death around the world – but it’s nice everyone once in a while to see that, in small pockets, slowly but surely, things might be getting better. Good for you guys!