This happened on January 18th, at a high school in front of 300 high school students, parents and teachers. A senior boy, Jacob Rudolph, a high school senior in Parsippany, New Jersey, was receiving an award as “Class Actor.” So he decided to give a speech about how he wasn’t going to act any more, just to fit in.
He got a rousing response from his classmates. Towleroad has a rough transcript of what he said. Here’s a snippet:
“I’ve been acting every single day of my life. You see, I’ve been acting as someone I’m not…. acting the part of straight Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT.”
It’s amazing how much the world has changed. This kind of thing never happened in my high school. The pressure to fit in was horrible. And a kid getting the nerve to come out in the middle of all that. Just wow.
At the presentation of senior class awards (Class Clown, Most Likely to Succeed, etc.), an LGBT teen publicly announces during his acceptance speech for Class Actor award that he is an LGBT teen and is tired of acting as someone he’s not on a daily basis. His classmates clearly approve.