After Jodie Foster’s coming out speech at the Globes, here’s another one that has hit the internet but this time it’s not a celebrity, it’s a high school senior who fearlessly came out as an LGBT teen at a school assembly before 300 fellow students.
When the high school student Jacob Rudolph in Parsippany, N.J. came out in front of the whole school, his fellows responded with a standing ovation.
The video, filmed and posted to YouTube by Jacob's father, Jonathan Rudolph, shows Rudolph taking the stage to accept the Class Actor award during the school's senior class awards. While speaking Rudolph noted: “Sure I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I've been acting every single day of my life.” He said, “You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not."
Rudolph continued: “Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of "straight" Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT. Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I'm not going to do it anymore. It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are regardless of their sex, race, orientation, or whatever else may be holding back love and friendship. So take me, leave me, or move me out of the way. Because I am what I am, and that's how I'm going to act from now on.”
Coming out is definitely not easy and that too in front of 300 fellows! Hats off to the teenager!
Watch Rudolph receiving a standing ovation for his courageous speech in the video above.