“My parents wont let me see him. It’s like I’m already living in punishment, so what do I have to lose by going to prom?”
Myren, a Maryland high school student who goes by the handle @myrenthapimp on Twitter, tweeted some photos on Saturday of prom night with his boyfriend. In the tweet, which is getting a lot of attention, he explained that after his parents told him he couldn’t go to prom with his boyfriend, he went without telling them.
Since being posted, the photos have been retweeted over 12,000 times with many applauding the 17-year-old for his bravery — and for how fantastic the couple looked in their outfits.
For others, the experience of being closeted or dealing with disapproving parents hit close to home.
« I was surprised when I noticed that people were proud of me and that they respected the decision I had made, » Myren told BuzzFeed News.