Last year, we brought you the inspiring coming out story of Missouri high school football team captain Jake Bain.
Bain is again grabbing headlines this week after sharing some aww-inducing high school prom photos with his boyfriend, Hunter Sigmund.
“Prom this year was amazing,” Sigmund shared with Outsports. “It was my fourth school dance with Jake and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend our last high school dance.”
Sigmund is a swimmer and water polo player and Bain is the captain of the John Burroughs football team.
The couple says they have received tremendous support from their classmates and teachers and say they haven’t faced any negativity.
Bain and Sigmund attended prom together last year, as well as the homecoming dance the past two years.
“We have been the only openly gay couple at Burroughs since I’ve been here, but it isn’t a problem at all at our school,” says Bain. “People treat us the same. It is nice to be able to go to prom with whoever you want and not have to worry about what other people might think.”
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Their supportive community stood shoulder to shoulder with Bain when he was personally protested against by the Westboro Baptist Church after the group read about his coming out.
“Not only were there hundreds of people who showed up to support us, including many students from other high schools in St. Louis, but our entire school banded together, and became stronger because of it,” he wrote in the Huffington Post. “Dozens of my school’s alumni sent in videos expressing support, along with many current students—from the LGBTQ community as well as allies—who wrote beautiful speeches and poems to show their pride. It was truly breathtaking to see so much love from not only my community, but from complete strangers.”