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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Well, this was before the Oprah-fication of the national dialogue where people now feel the need to spill their guts about personal details of their lives in public.
    Yes, some do. Some also feel they an overwhelming urge to be brutally 'honest' without regard to the damage they can do. But that is society now.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    Dang, Tom, is that you?
    so you had 'em at your school too? yeah, I was a big nerd in HS. the only thing that saved me from too much persecution was that I was 6'2", 160 and was also a helluva football/basketball player.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    I wouldn't think this entirely appropriate either for the occasion.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Welcome to the valedictorian/salutatorian speech, folks are going to say a lot of things they weren't asked about in the first place. He earned his time at that mic, and there's nothing wrong in how he used it.
    I would disagree. He's being put behind that mic for a specific reason, not to have his 15 minutes of fame. He is expected to give a particular type of speech and he did not. There are other, better ways to come out as gay, announcing it to the entire school during graduation isn't one of them.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I would disagree. He's being put behind that mic for a specific reason, not to have his 15 minutes of fame. He is expected to give a particular type of speech and he did not. There are other, better ways to come out as gay, announcing it to the entire school during graduation isn't one of them.
    He was given access to the mic through hi body of work, and was free to address his classmates as he chose...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    He was given access to the mic through hi body of work, and was free to address his classmates as he chose...
    That's not what the school rules say...
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    so why wait until graduation to do it?
    Well some don't. Fear of violence and losing friends makes it hard to be open.

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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    Nice try, but if you want to fish, you've picked the wrong pond.

    It has nothing to do with the actual subject matter, it has to do with the I and not the we. Though 'bullying' seems to include an awful lot of things that are built to protect the tender feelings of kids these days, regardless of their sexual orientation, the majority of students don't go through true bullying. So I feel his parallel is not well drawn. To use his speech to announce to his parents/friends that he is gay, well, his choice, but not the best place to do it IMO.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I would disagree. He's being put behind that mic for a specific reason, not to have his 15 minutes of fame. He is expected to give a particular type of speech and he did not. There are other, better ways to come out as gay, announcing it to the entire school during graduation isn't one of them.
    I think he was well out already, from the comments he made to his denigrators. His was a brave stance against the bullies in life, where last week's god-botherer was kicking an open door, with no chance of personal repercussions.
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