A straight high school student has shown his support for his gay best friend – by asking him to prom when he couldn’t find a date.

Anthony Martinez, who is an openly gay student at a school in Las Vegas, shared the moment he was asked to prom by his straight friend Jacob Lescenski.

A sign held by Lescenski and the pair’s close friends read: “You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8, but you’re like my brother, so be my d8?”

The student told NewNowNext of the sign, which has spread online: “I decided on going to prom alone because my original date idea didn’t work out so well… then one night I saw Anthony, who is my best friend, tweeting about wanting a date.

“So, I came up with the poster idea, asked my friend Mia to make it and asked him that next day.

“No one knew about it except for me, my friend Jamie, and Mia, who made the poster. It was a giant surprise to everyone, especially Anthony!”

Anthony Martinez said he had taken to the internet to complain about being unable to find another guy to take – until his best friend stepped in.

He said: “Being gay, and knowing I’m too busy for guys, no gay guy would ask me to a dance, let alone prom… so like any teen I complained about it on Twitter.”

The student recounted: “I saw this giant poster and assumed it was for another person… until I read ‘You’re hella gay’!”

“[Jacob’s] a real man, given that he has the guts to fulfil my gay student council dream of always helping out planning dances, and never getting asked.

“I couldn’t ask for a better person in my life.”

Ellen DeGeneres has since shared pictures of the pair.

A school in Louisiana recently reversed a decision to ban a lesbian student from wearing a tuxedo to prom, after pressure online.