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

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    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.
    I don't agree with either side, to be honest. It's not about bravery, it's about doing appropriate things at appropriate times and in both cases, what happened was not appropriate.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    There is a time and a place for everything, and valedictories--farewells--are a particular type of ceremonial rhetoric and follow certain conventions. There's even a Wiki-How entry: How to Write a Valedictorian Speech: 8 Steps - wikiHow

    See #3, which discusses aiming at inclusiveness/representation of the class itself.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Cue the ignorant "this kid is just a gay attention whore" comments now.
    Why not? Because that's exactly what it sounds like. It's 2013, being a homosexual isn't some new outrageous thing anymore.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Well, maybe in little Belton it is.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Why not? Because that's exactly what it sounds like. It's 2013, being a homosexual isn't some new outrageous thing anymore.
    In parts of the South it is.

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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's being put behind the mic precisely for that reason - to have his 15 minutes of fame as a reward for leading his class in academic achievement. There may be better ways to announce such a thing, but this was how he chose to spend the time at the mic he earned. His call.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    There is a time and a place for everything, and valedictories--farewells--are a particular type of ceremonial rhetoric and follow certain conventions. There's even a Wiki-How entry: How to Write a Valedictorian Speech: 8 Steps - wikiHow

    See #3, which discusses aiming at inclusiveness/representation of the class itself.
    If we accepted and rejected things based on conventions, society would stagnate. Speeches like this often talk about going out into the world, being who you are, etc. What better way to give it than to share a personal story of doing just that. Hell, throw in an "Our Father" or something--to each his own. If you don't like it, don't clap when its over.
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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 don't agree with either side, to be honest. It's not about bravery, it's about doing appropriate things at appropriate times and in both cases, what happened was not appropriate.
    You can reasonably make the case he should not have done it, and that it was also brave. It doesn't have to be one extreme or the other.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Why not? Because that's exactly what it sounds like. It's 2013, being a homosexual isn't some new outrageous thing anymore.
    In that town, it could very easily be. It sounds like you don't have any familiarity with small white trash towns.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    just out of curiosity...how could this guy have experienced prejudice and rejection if he didn't "come out" until graduation? And if everyone already knew he was gay so that they rejected and discriminated against him...what was the ****ing point of officially coming out at graduation?
    This happened to me...basically not showing any interest in girls is more than enough for people you spend a lot of time with to come to that conclusion and act accordingly. What it sounds like this kid did is take a shot at the bullies and let everyone else know. Maybe he couldn't think of anything better to talk about. Who knows.

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