October 16, 2018
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I am very tired.
Alexander Duarte knows how to make a statement — and his homecoming proposal was no exception.
During lunch hour on #NationalComingOutDay the self-described “noobie” makeup artist and senior at Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif., staged a homecoming proposal for the books. With his classmates lining up in support, and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” playing in the background, Duarte stepped through a door that read “Out of the Closet” and asked the straight captain of the football team, Erick Pineda, to homecoming.
The moment, which Duarte captured on his Instagram, shows the two hugging as students erupt in applause, some appearing to wipe away tears. Behind the two seniors, two classmates hold Duarte’s homemade rainbow sign, which reads: “I know I’m GAY, but can I take you STRAIGHT 2 HOMECOMING?”
Duarte’s proposal to Pineda, who is a friend of his, was inspired by Pineda jokingly saying he should bring him to homecoming. In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, Duarte says that he decided to actually do it, and use it as an opportunity to spread a lesson in self-esteem.
“There are various students who are part of the LGBT community at my school and the students and staff are very supportive,” Duarte tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “However, I really wanted to show other students that it’s OK to be themselves, because one of the main things that hold people back aren’t others but ourselves.”
Although Duarte timed the proposal with #NationalComingOutDay, it wasn’t until this weekend that it earned him accolades across the web, with write ups on the Advocate and LGBTQNation.com, and tweets from celebrities like Queer Eye‘s Bobby Berk.
So we now have homosexual Mexicans coming to our country to try to recruit other Mexicans into homosexuality. And we have a media that celebrates this as a positive development.
Imagine what your great-grandfather would think if he was around to see where this country now is.
Just… imagine it for a second.