There was a time not too long ago that coming out in high school meant facing certain doom, and now we’re seeing more and more brave students standing up to speak their truth only to find acceptance from their families, friends and communities. And it’s a beautiful thing.
The latest examples are the impossibly sweet prom photos shared by senior Michael Martin and his boyfriend Logan Westrope.
You might remember Michael, the all-state soccer goalie for Musselman High School in West Virginia who also played on the school’s football, tennis and swim teams, from his inspiring coming out story we shared last December.
Well that was so five months ago, or five years in teenage-time.
Michael’s been dating Logan for four months, and the two seem to have had the gay fairytale prom that so many older LGBT folk could only dream of.
Just try not to beam, we dare you:
“I asked Logan to the prom after his work. I gave him a bag with a chicken sandwich inside and asked, ‘Are you a chicken or will you go to the prom with me?’ ” Michael told OutSports. “He easily and gladly said yes.”
“We knew this would be a night to remember,” Logan said. “We walked in, checked in with our tickets, and were off to have fun! At first we were both a little hesitant to hold hands, not knowing how the rest of the student body would react. But after a short while, we were always next to each other and danced together the whole night.”
“Some of the slow songs we danced to were ‘Stay With Me’ (Sam Smith), ‘See You Again’ (Wiz Khalifa), and ‘All of Me’ (John Legend). At the moment when the slow songs played, we would just stare into each other’s eyes and would think of how lucky we are to have each other.”
“We didn’t hear any negative comments about Michael and I. A lot of people would come up to us (especially the girls) and say, ‘You both are so cute!’ or ‘You guys look great!’ Once we left the prom, I remember Michael saying to me in the car, ‘Logan, this is our last prom and I’m so glad I got to spend it with you.’ I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night.”
“Most everyone knows that I am gay and for the most part everyone that I work with there accepts me for who I am,” Logan said. “I was extremely nervous to tell my fellow employees but then realized I wasn’t afraid to show the real me.”