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Strangers Cheered on a Gay Couple on Prom Night — and Our Hearts Are SO Full

After having a whirlwind prom night at Lacey High School in New Jersey, high school junior Theodore Vidal and his date Colin Beyers hit the Seaside Heights boardwalk for a little fun. As the pair approached a rooftop bar, they heard some of the customers yelling, "Kiss her!" to other couples. Although the pair felt nervous as they got closer, they noticed that the crowd simply changed its chant to "Kiss him!" and they decided to go for it.

Michael Del Moro, a producer at ABC, was there to witness the whole thing, and he decided to live-tweet the sweet moment:

Theodore explained that even though it was hard to ignore his nerves at first, he's so happy they went in for the smooch.

"When [Colin and I] walked by, they chanted 'kiss him' over and over again. We were a little hesitant about it because we were nervous, obviously, to see if something bad would be said to us," Theodore told NJ Advance Media. "Then we kissed and they all went crazy, everyone was wild and cheering, happy, so proud of us. They kept being like 'do it again!' and it felt so good. I don't even know how it felt, I've never felt like that."

"I want it to be able to help people who aren't out yet or those who are out and not supported."

Since their kiss went viral, Theodore says he's felt uplifted.

"I have not stopped smiling since prom. I'm usually sad and depressed at school, people make fun of me and stuff. This has really changed. Everyone is giving me positive reinforcement, reassuring me that I am OK and it's going to get better because it does get better. This is proof obviously that it does. I feel like it's going to help a lot of people that are scared either to come out or to be themselves in public," said Theodore. "When they do, it will get better. It will be hard at first but they will fight through it and they will not be alone for it."

Colin says that he hopes the story reaches other LGBTQ+ people his age so they can feel more comfortable in their own skin.

"I want [this story] to be able to help people who aren't out yet or those who are out and not supported," Colin explained. "I want it to give them hope and show them that it does get better and that you shouldn't be afraid to be who you are."

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