Gay High School Student Supported By Straight Friend

It was National Coming Out Day on October 11 and Alexander Duarte, a gay senior at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, asked his straight friend Erick Pineda to homecoming with a banner that read: “I know I’m gay, but can I take you straight to homecoming?” The video of this has since gone viral. Erick Pineda, captain of their high school football team, told Instinct Magazine, “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. 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.”