Christopher Landis, the choir director of Hingham Middle School in Massachusetts, got a wonderful surprise from his students during his wedding rehearsal.
In a video uploaded to Hingham’s Public Schools, the man and his then-fiancée Joe Michienzie appeared holding some drinks in their hands when a couple of children entered the room they were.
As soon as Landis saw them, he started crying. Michienzie, however, knew about the surprise and was giggling at his man’s reaction. Shortly later, the students began singing the Beatles song “All You Need Is Love.”
At the end of the clip, the children, who practiced “every Sunday night,” appeared in a school bus saying, “congratulations Mr. Landis and Joe.” The video quickly went viral and, at the moment, it has almost one million views.
As soon as that post hit the Internet, several people took to social media to share their thoughts. One of them pointed out that it was the world they would like to live. Another person said that Landis was a wonderful teacher for having students who love him that much.
After the clip went viral, the couple had an interview with Inside Edition, wherein Landis admitted that he didn’t know why the guests were recording. When he saw the first student coming in, he was gladly surprised, but still didn’t know what was happening.
When all students got in “smiling and all dressed up,” he understood what it was all going to be about. Michienzie and some parents of the students came up with the idea and arranged everything for the big surprise.
One of the most striking aspects of the surprise was that Landis had not told his students that Michienzie was his partner. Whenever they asked the teacher who “that man” was, he would respond “that’s Joe. He’s my friend.”
“And it just hit me here that I always referred to him as my friend because I wasn't sure how the kids would take it or the parents. I felt like when the kids came to sing, they were basically saying, 'It's OK. We know who Joe is.' So now I say, 'Joe, my husband,'” pointed out Landis.
Thanks to people like Landis, more and more children and grown-up people are accepting the members of the LGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately, there are some people who are still against gay people.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who has been openly gay for a while, sadly had a negative encounter with a couple of those negative people in Chicago on January 29 at 2 am, when two men approached him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs before pouring a chemical substance on him and tying a rope around his neck.
After that, he went to the hospital and was released soon after that. As a way to clarify what happened, he said:
“I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked; they were not broken. I went to the doctor immediately… I was not hospitalized. Both my doctors in L.A. and Chicago cleared me to perform, but said to take care, obviously. And above all: I fought the [expletive] back.”
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