Why This Couple's Prom Night Kiss Symbolized Something More Than Love

"It was so surprising that these guys were supporting us.”

On the road to progress and equality, small steps are often the most important. But, for two teens in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, this one small step probably felt more like a giant leap.

Over the weekend, ABC producer Michael Del Moro took to Twitter to share the heartwarming story of Theodore Vidal and his boyfriend, Colin Beyers. While Del Moro didn't know the names of these young men at the time, he was compelled to share what he witnessed while out for ice cream with loved ones to celebrate Mother's Day. 

According to Del Moro's account, there was a group of "rowdy bros" yelling "kiss her" from a rooftop bar at every couple who passed by.

It was then that the Vidal and Beyers walked by wearing their prom attire and holding hands. Having experienced the town's homophobia firsthand, Del Moro watched over these young men in case someone needed to come to their defense. However, much to his surprise, Vidal and Beyers were met with an entirely unexpected reaction.

While Del Moro notes that this singular moment doesn't mean homophobia has ceased to exist, Vidal and Beyers's experience should be seen as "encouraging" to other young LGBTQ men and women of the world.

Vidal and Beyers told BuzzFeed that they were equally as shocked as Del Moro by the positive response.

"Machoism is such a thing here, so the fact that those guys cheered us on was shocking," Beyers explained. "It's one of those small victories that makes the hard times worth it."

Vidal added that the two have dealt with their share of homophobia."It was so surprising that these guys were supporting us," he said. "Especially after what I've gone through."

Vidal, who came out in eighth grade, told BuzzFeed that he was viciously bullied by his classmates and that he was often told to "end [his] life" and that "he didn't belong here." 

But meeting Beyers changed everything for him. "He pushes my depressed thoughts away," Vidal explained. "He's always there and he makes everything better. He helps me live life to my fullest and that's what I am doing right now."

And, while their experience offers hope that people are becoming more accepting and supportive of the LGBTQ community, Beyers wants others who are struggling to come to terms with their identity that they're not alone and that things will improve.

"It always gets better; that's what I tell myself when it's hard," Beyers told BuzzFeed. "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."

Cover images via @theodorevidal543 / Instagram

H/T Scary Mommy

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