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Gay high school teen asks straight football captain to homecoming

Gay high school teen asks straight football captain to homecoming

Homecoming proposal at a California high school

A sweet moment of inclusion and acceptance recently took place at a California high school.

With Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years playing in the background, student Alexander Duarte asked his friend Erick Pineda to be his date to their school’s homecoming dance.

It was National Coming Out Day, and Duarte stood in front of homemade signs as Pineda walked towards him. One sign read ‘Out of the closet’ on a painted door, and the other was the all-important question.

With rainbow lettering, the big sign asked: ‘I know I’m gay but can I take you straight 2 homecoming?’

Duarte is gay, and Pineda is the straight captain of their school’s football team.

The story has a happy ending, and Pineda said yes.

So how did this all come about?

Duarte told Instinct his relationship with Pineda was not always good.

‘Well, the thing is we weren’t always the best of friends my freshmen year. He apologized for his actions his freshman year,’ he explained.

‘It was kind of emotional for me because we have grown so much closer and as people in general. He grew to be more accepting of the LGBT community and has been there for me during the highs and lows. He also said that he loved me and that he will always be there for me if needed.’

He also said asking Pineda to homecoming began as a joke. According to Duarte, Pineda one day told him to take him to homecoming in a joking manner — but Duarte committeed.

Pineda said the moment was important for him too.

‘I’m setting an example for not only my school, but also my community,’ he said.

‘I was definitely excited to be asked to homecoming because I knew how important this was for my friend and seeing the support from the staff and students was amazing.’

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