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May 15, 2018

Gay New Jersey teens' heartwarming prom night story goes viral

ABC News producer Michael Del Moro, who witnessed scene on Jersey Shore boardwalk, calls it an 'encouraging moment for young LGBTQ folks out there'

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Theodore Vidal and Colin Beyers New Jersey Prom Theodore Vidal/Instagram

Theodore Vidal and Colin Beyers share a kiss on prom night.

After their first prom together, two gay New Jersey teenagers were prepared for the worst when they heard a group yelling at them as they strolled the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

But to the surprise of Theodore Vidal, 17, and Colin Beyers, 18, they were embraced instead of insulted, and their story has since gone viral.

ABC News producer Michael Del Moro witnessed the exchange between prom dates Vidal and Beyers and a boisterous group gathered at a rooftop bar along the boardwalk. He shared what happened on Twitter. 

Del Moro, who is gay, had been walking the boardwalk with his boyfriend and family Friday when he noticed a group of "rowdy bros" yelling "Kiss her!" at every prom couple who walked by.

When Del Moro saw Vidal and Beyers, he feared what would happen next. He said it's not uncommon to hear homophobic slurs hurled at him while walking down the same boardwalk.

But as Vidal and Beyers passed, the "rowdy bros" treated them the same as the straight couples, asking them to kiss and, when they did, cheered them all the same. Del Moro thought the moment was "worth sharing and an encouraging moment for young LGBTQ folks out there."

BuzzFeed News spoke to Vidal and Beyers. Vidal, a junior at Lacey High School in Ocean County, said guys pick on both of them for being gay. Beyers, a senior at Hillsborough High School in Somerset County, said it was "shocking" to hear the people cheering them on, chalking up the interaction as a "small victory."

"It was so surprising that these guys were supporting us," Vidal told BuzzFeed. "Especially after what I've gone through."

As it turns out, Del Moro knew one of the "bros" who cheered on the couple. The guy said they were on the boardwalk for a bachelor party, and they were all very happy for Vidal and Beyers.

The person whom the bachelor party was for spoke to BuzzFeed. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he knows what if feels like to enter a situation where he might be harassed or made fun of, so he was "thrilled" that Vidal and Beyers found joy in the moment.

"I wish them all the best in the future and encourage them to never stop being themselves and to ignore those that seek to not allow that," he told BuzzFeed.

The story has since been picked up by other news outlets and has garnered a heartwarming reaction on social media.