A heartwarming story has come to Twitter. It involves a rowdy bachelor party, a couple going to prom, and a happy ending. The story all started when Mike DelMoro, a segment producer for Good Morning America, witnessed a group of rowdy guys at a bachelor party calling out to couples passing by, "Kiss her!" With some embarrassment the couples obliged and all was well.
Harmless enough, right? Well when two young men passed, DelMoro became nervous wondering what the reaction from the party was going to be.
The couple, Theodore Vidal and his boyfriend, Colin Beyers were returning home from their first prom, still in their matching tuxes, when they came upon the bachelor party.
DelMoro describes seeing what played out next in a series of tweets.
A short thread from here in Seaside Heights, NJ, where—not so long ago—young men would shout the word “f****t” out their car window as we’d stroll along the boardwalk.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
Last night, while out for Mother’s Day with our families (read: getting some late-night ice cream because treat yourself!) we noticed a group of rowdy bros gathered on a rooftop bar obnoxiously yelling “KISS HER!” in unison at every apparent couple that passed by.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
It was quintessential “Jersey Shore” and, unfortunately, several couples obliged the request to raucous cheers thereby further encouraging the rowdiness. We rolled our eyes.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
It’s prom season here, so at that time of night you’ll see high schoolers in their formal attire. As we walked by the rooftop bros, an adorable teenage gay couple passed us in perfectly fitting midnight bue tuxes, matching pink ties, holding hands.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
I looked at Alec (my boyfriend), my mom, my sister, and stopped to make sure the couple was okay as they walked by... worried that something might happen. The rooftop crew quickly switched from “KISS HER!” To “KISS HIM!”— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
After some hesitation, the young men kissed... and let me tell you: both the rooftop crew and everyone else on the boardwalk just went absolutely wild for them and we all breathed a sigh of relief.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
This is not a “look everything’s fine now, thread,” and yes... it’s New Jersey, but I just thought it was worth sharing and an encouraging moment for young LGBTQ folks out there.— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 12, 2018
There were some updates from the "Jersey Bros" who wished Vidal and Beyers the best.
Another little update: I've heard from one of the "bros" on the roof (turns out I know a few of them... because, of course, it's Jersey). He said they were up there for their friend Wilson's bachelor party and they love this whole thing. "We are all very happy for those guys."— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 14, 2018
Piggybacking off this update. One of the "bros" who encouraged Colin and Theodore to kiss said he knew what it felt like to be harassed or made fun of— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) May 14, 2018
and told the teens to "never stop being themselves and to ignore those that seek to not allow that"https://t.co/V9n6TfoAOM https://t.co/8MJgP0hm0O
Turns out DelMoro wasn't the only one surprised by the reaction.
Beyers described the moment, saying:
Machismo is such a thing here, so the fact that those guys cheered us on was shocking. It's one of those small victories that makes the hard times worth it.
It was so surprising that these guys were supporting us.
After the story went viral, the teens shared more pictures with Buzzfeed.
And this adorable shot that started it all.
Folks on Twitter loved the story...
That’s so sweet and heartwarming, And also teenage Nathan is extremely jealous.— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) May 13, 2018
Man, this brought tears to this old dads eyes.— Jim Berman (@jmberman) May 14, 2018
No matter who my son or daughter love, it us beautiful to see love honored.
So damn beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
I'm not gonna lie - I was worried. But then, my cold, hard heart warmed up. Thanks for sharing this.— Steve Wheeler (@Steve_JRA) May 13, 2018
Thanks for the tears of joy with my coffee. Yes, there's far to go in terms of LGBTQ full equality but this thread is yet another reminder to have faith in our youth & that love wins.— EngageAdvocateVOTE (@UrBallotMatters) May 15, 2018
Even though some were a bit worried at first.
This thread had me worried. But the ending made me so happy.— The blue wave is coming! (@ABookishMind) May 13, 2018
Aww that kind of made cry some happy tears. I almost didnt read the whole thread b/c i was sure something horrible would happen Im so glad that was a good experience for all involved.— J Campbell (@AirborneChick) May 15, 2018
Thanks for sharing that.
But the ending felt so sweet.