A gay year-old asked his high school's straight football captain to the homecoming dance, and video of the epic "proposal" has gone viral. Pineda is straight, and Duarte said he's been a good friend for three years. Duarte told Instinct Magazine that Pineda joked about going to homecoming together, but Duarte thought it would be a good idea -- he just had to come up with an epic way to ask. On October 11, Duarte waited for Pineda outside of school with a huge banner. A second banner read "out of the closet. The surprise "was the effort of hard work between myself and others," Duarte wrote on Instagram. As Pineda walked up to the school, he was met with a crowd of cheering students.
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By Christian Gollayan. October 16, pm Updated January 28, am. A year-old gay student went viral on social media after asking his straight friend, who is the captain of their high school football team in California, to homecoming. Pineda told Instinct Magazine that as a straight football player, he wanted to set a good example for their fellow classmates — that straight and gay men can be friends.
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With Coming Out Day having just come and gone, one high school student used the occasion to do something bold. God, we love this guy. Just you know coming out of the closet.
Alexander Duarte knows how to make a statement — and his homecoming proposal was no exception. The moment, which Duarte captured on his Instagram, shows the two hugging as students erupt in applause, some appearing to wipe away tears. 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. Duarte has gotten an overwhelming amount of responses from people — both in his community and outside it.