Jacob Lescenski’s story of asking his best friend friend, Anthony Martinez, to prom has warmed out hearts—and blown up the Internet.
To recap: Jacob, a Las Vegas high school student, is straight. His best friend, Anthony, is gay. But Jacob decided there was no one better to go to prom with than the guy he considers “a brother.”
Jacob asked Anthony in a truly charming way, and on Tuesday, Anthony tweeted a photo.
— AnthonyseXC (@anthonyseXC) April 21, 2015
We chatted with both guys to get the full story.
“I decided on going to prom alone because my original date idea didn’t work out so well,” explained Jacob. “Then one night I saw Anthony, who is my best friend, tweeting about wanting a date.”
Jacob says Anthony, who is on student council, is “an amazing guy” and deserved a date to prom.
“So, I came up with the poster idea, asked my friend Mia to make it and asked him that next day,” he recounts. “No one knew about it except for me, my friend Jamie, and Mia, who made the poster. It was a giant surprise to everyone, especially Anthony!”
Anthony admits he’d been out out luck getting dates to school dances, even though he often helps organize them.
“Being gay, and knowing I’m too busy for guys, no gay guy would ask me to a dance, let alone prom,” he told us. “So like any teen I complained about it on Twitter.”
On Wednesday, Anthony was in the lunch room selling prom tickets. As he headed upstairs to class, “I saw this giant poster and assumed it was for another person—until I read ’You’re hella gay.'”
He rest is #promprosal history.