The reaction to a soldier and his boyfriend at a military prom shows how far we've come.

Andres Camilo, a National Guardsman, recently came out as gay to the entire world.

In June 2016, he made a quick (and quite adorable) appearance in a YouTube video created by his boyfriend, model and filmmaker Max Emerson, where he proudly announced:

"I guess with this video, I'm coming out to the military."


That's Camilo on the right. GIF via Max Emerson/YouTube.

Shortly after, Camilo was promoted to captain — with Emerson by his side.

It was an immensely proud moment for the couple on many levels.

At the time, Camilo wrote on Facebook:

"When I joined the Army 11 years ago and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was in full effect, I was constantly hiding who I was for fear of losing my career. I would have never expected that my soldiers and the man I love would be in the same room cheering to my career."

Last night, my boyfriend was part of my promotion to Captain. When I joined the Army 11 years ago and the "Don't Ask,...

Posted by Andrés Camilo on Sunday, November 20, 2016

The next step for the couple, as in all serious relationships: going to prom together.

Specifically, a gala held by the organization Knights Out, which embraces and supports LGBT soldiers.

My date is the best! #GayArmyProm

A post shared by Andrés Camilo (@andrescamilo___) on

The photos of the beaming couple at the ball went viral and inspired an outpouring of love and support from commenters.

Comments via Camilo's Instagram.

If it seems weird to be celebrating something as simple as two gay men attending a function together, just think — it wouldn't have been possible even six years ago.

As recently as 2011, openly gay men and women were unable to serve in the U.S. armed forces. The official policy, "Dont Ask, Don't Tell," meant superiors weren't supposed to actively seek out or investigate anyone's sexual orientation, but coming out of the closet was out of the question.

After the policy was repealed, a slew of soldiers, including high-ranking officers, were finally able to come out after years of hiding.

If the reaction to Camilo's posts shows anything, it's that all members of the military — gay, straight, or otherwise — have our support.

Camilo's willingness to continue sharing his relationship on social media indicates his brothers and sisters in the armed forces are likely accepting of his lifestyle and proud to serve alongside him.

It may seem like a minor victory now, but the battle for equality in the armed forces has been a long, hard-fought battle.

There have been many iconic dance routines throughout film history, but how many have the honor being called "the greatest" by Fred Astaire himself?

Fayard and Harold Nicholas, known collectively as the Nicholas Brothers, were arguably the best at what they did during their heyday. Their coordinated tap routines are legendary, not only because they were great dancers, but because of their incredible ability to jump into the air and land in the splits. Repeatedly. From impressive heights.

Their most famous routine comes from the movie "Stormy Weather." As Cab Calloway sings "Jumpin' Jive," the Nicholas Brothers make the entire set their dance floor, hopping and tapping from podium to podium amongst the musicians, dancing up and down stairs and across the top of a piano.

But what makes this scene extra impressive is that they performed it without rehearsing it first and it was filmed in one take—no fancy editing room tricks to bring it all together. This fact was confirmed in a conversation with the brothers in a Chicago Tribune article in 1997, when they were both in their 70s:

"Would you believe that was one of the easiest things we ever did?" Harold told the paper.

"Did you know that we never even rehearsed that number?" added Fayard.

"When it came time to do that part, (choreographer) Nick Castle said: 'Just do it. Don`t rehearse it, just do it.' And so we did it—in one little take. And then he said: 'That's it—we can't do it any better than that.'"

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Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

All photos courtesy of Marie-Claire and David Archbold

However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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