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A 17-year-old gay student has gone viral on social media after he asked one of his best friends, the straight captain of the football team, to accompany him to homecoming.
Alexander Duarte, a student at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, recently staged the spectacular proposal for his friend Eric Pineda on National Coming Out Day, in a bid to send out a message of acceptance to other students at the high school.
Duarte asked out his friend to the homecoming prom with a banner that read:
I know I am gay, but can I take you straight to homecoming?
Eric accepted, and the two will attend the homecoming prom as friends on 20 October.
In an Instagram video of the proposal, Pineda made his way through a crowd of cheering students, and hugged his friend Duarte to accept the proposal.
peaking to Instinct magazine, Pineda said:
I’m setting an example for not only my school, but also my community.
The [football] team is very supportive and multiple teammates have approached me to congratulate me and have given me ‘respect’ for my actions.