High school can be tough for even the most resilient of teenagers; even tougher if they're struggling with their sexuality.
We've all heard the stories of teasing and bullying - maybe even went through it.
But every so often, something happens to restore your faith and serve as an example of how things ought to be.
Case in point: Bradley Taylor and Dylan Meehan, two gay students in Carmel, New York, who recently won 'cutest couple' in their high school's senior class.
"It's been insane," said Bradley, 17. "We are very, very proud to show that Carmel High School is the way it is."
They recently shared their story with USA Today, in the video at the top.
It was the first time same-sex couples were able to run for the category and Bradley and Dylan got the most votes.
Their best friend, Chelsea Blaney, posted a yearbook photo of the guys on her Tumblr blog, saying they won cutest couple.
Within minutes, she went from 15 notes to 7,000 and the photo was shared more than 100,000 times in just three days with messages from around the world.
"I got comments from 'They're cute' to 'This has inspired me to come out to my parents,' " said Chelsea, 18. "It's mind-blowing."
Chelsea was so inspired by it all, she's started a campaign on social media for the guys to appear on 'Ellen'.
"It's terrific. It was totally unplanned, which is the best," said Chelsea's mother, Donna. "Brad and Dylan are just sweethearts."
The guys met through a friend and have been together since last June. A week later, they came out to their family and friends who've been supportive from day one.
"No one treats us any differently from straight couples," Dylan said.
That has made the guys feel comfortable, as there aren't many same-sex couples at their school, and most are girls, they said.
"I don't know why there's such a big deal being made about this," said Bradley's father, Robert. "In this day and age, it's normal."
Although, as Iohud.com points out, there are schools in the U.S. that don't allow same-sex couples to be open or go to prom together.
Bradley and Dylan went to their prom earlier this week, which they were pretty stoked about.
From left: Chelsea, Dylan & Bradley (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)
"It makes us so excited to go to the ball because we know so many people are accepting of us," Bradley said.
Both have 4.0 grade point averages and are going to New York University on scholarships in the fall.