They were just walking home from prom. Some ‘drunk bros’ completely changed their night.

Seaside Heights is a town on the Jersey Shore: a place synonymous with Snookie, The Situation, and a heaping helping of fist-pumping.

So you probably wouldn’t be judged for believing it’s not a place of overwhelming inclusivity. In this case, though, you’d be wrong.

Let’s defined the scene: It’s a spring night during prom season and deliriously happy high schoolers are sauntering down the boardwalk on their style home from a night they’ll never forget.

As couple after couple pass by one particular rooftop bar, some bros overlooking the scene are calling at couples to kiss . And then there’s a pause.

Walking down the street is a gay couple in matching tuxedos( adorable ). They’re holding hands( adorable ).

But here’s the thing — as openly gay “Good Morning America” producer Mike Del Moro noted on Twitter( where he live-tweeted this instance ), they’re doing it in a town “where — not so long ago — young man would holler the word ‘f **** t’ out their car window as we’d stroll along the boardwalk.”

Del Moro, who was on the boardwalk with his mother and boyfriend, was instinctively nervous for the couple.

That builds total sense. Even in an ultra-liberal center like San Francisco, I’ve been harassed for holding hands with my husband. So in a place like Seaside Heights, Del Moro definitely had cause for fear.

What happened next, though, was a heartwarming step in the direction of progress.

Let’s let Del Moro’s tweets do the talking 😛 TAGEND

Del Moro makes it clear that this instance doesn’t mean that “everything’s fine.”

It’s only one instance. But it is motion. And, as Del Moro notes, “it’s an encouraging moment for young LGBTQ folks out there.”

For the teens at the center of the tale, the moment was worth every second.

You know how the internet works, so it won’t surprise you that the happy couple was immediately find, identified, and lauded for being out in a place where being authentically yourself can become dangerous.

They’re Theodore Vidal and Colin Beyers, boyfriends who couldn’t be more happy that things are changing in their town.

Speaking to BuzzFeed, Vidal, who revealed that he had been bullied after he first “re coming out”, used to say their encounter with the strangers on the rooftop was completely unexpected. “It was so surprising that these guys were supporting us, ” Vidal said. “Especially after what I’ve gone through.”

“It’s an area where you ordinarily would get discriminated against and the fact that those guys cheered us on was shocking, ” Beyers told BuzzFeed. “It’s one of those small victories that stimulates the hard times worth it.”

Speaking with me over direct messages, Vidal said that all the positive attention had stimulated him and his boyfriend feel “welcome in the world, ” which is not always the case for LGBTQ youth. “It’s constructed such an impact on me.”

This is a reminder that things are getting better in small routes every day.

Admittedly, the story — however heartwarming — is still pretty problematic. Quick PSA to all dudes on roofs: Please stop screaming at people to kiss each other .

Catcalling is a bad idea regardless of why you’re doing it, and there’s no reason to set undue pressure on young person of any gender to kiss one another in public. And while this moment turned out great, it could have definitely been awkward or even upsetting.

That told, we shouldn’t let those flaws take away from the fact that this story proves LGBTQ acceptance is building real steps against toxic masculinity and bigotry.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the day when homosexual couples can walk around without being jeered at or celebrated. In the meantime, though, this feels like a step in the right direction.

“It’s moments like what happened at Seaside that give me hope and make all the adversities worth it, ” Beyers told me. “It’s funny, because we really didn’t do anything; all we did was be ourselves in front of some drunk people.”

Hey, that kind of fortitude is often more than enough.

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