"I’m setting an example for not only my school, but also my community."
An Orange County, CA., gay high-schooler asked his straight best friend to homecoming and their story has spread across the internet.
Alexander Duarte, 17, goes to Santa Ana Valley High School and had been planning on asking his best friend Erick Pineda to the homecoming dance.
On October 11, Duarte gathered his friends at lunch with a sign reading “I know I’m GAY but can I take you STRAIGHT 2 HOMECOMING?” to greet and surprise Pineda as he came into the courtyard.
The ploy worked and Duarte showed himself to be the person behind the colorful proposal, one which Pineda accepted.
“It’s very important for me to be going to Homecoming with Alexander because I’m setting an example for not only my school, but also my community," Pineda said to Instinct Magazine.
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.
I’m very grateful to be the captain of the football team. The team is very supportive and multiple teammates have approached me to congratulate me and have given me R-E-S-P-E-C-T for my actions."
Duarte told Instinct that this was important to him as a senior because he's never had a date to the dance before, "something clicked inside and inspired me to actually ‘ask Erick’"
“For me it was also about setting an example for others on how to go all out on their proposals and, more importantly, that it is OK for a brown boy to ask another dude.”
It took one week of brainstorming and two weeks of working on it. It took approximately 20 minutes to set up.
The big poster took two hours to complete small poster an hour. It was a bit hectic because I am part of the Associative Student Body and we had a meeting prior to lunch on the day of the proposal.”
He says both he and his friends were nervous about the poster. “When I stepped out I didn’t expect so many people to be there. When all was done there was so much support from everyone and it was truly a wonderful experience.”
You can watch video of the event HERE.