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

    If I were his father, this is not how I would have chosen to have this information revealed to me the first time.



    A bit thoughtless in some ways, IMO.

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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
    My point was that that in ceremonial discourse/epideitic rhetoric, as in all rhetoric, there is an obligation to one's audience. Here's what #3 says:

    Be open to what the rest of the grade [class] is thinking. While you have been chosen to write the valedictorian speech and present it, remember that you have a responsibility to try and reflect your classmates' broader interests and wishes too.
    I read it and he covered that in his speech as well as #2 which said: Avoid trying to write something that doesn't reflect your true self.

    The 'coming' out part of the speech consisted of only two words out of the whole speech. Most of it consists of his advice to his fellow students to not let themselves be defined by what someone else thinks of them.

    "I invite everyone to be more reflective, more meditative. I ask everyone to
    give themselves a good hard look and define what they like about themselves. I ask
    all of you to learn what it means to love yourself, if you haven’t already.
    Please, embrace self-empowerment. You gain confidence, an unswerving
    belief that you matter and the ability of your existence to make an indelible mark
    on the world. You gain compassion and empathy. You will love and be loved.
    Most importantly, you will finally start living the life that you were always meant
    to live."

    Speech link given on this site: Mitch Anderson, salutatorian, comes out as gay in graduation speech
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If I were his father, this is not how I would have chosen to have this information revealed to me the first time.



    A bit thoughtless in some ways, IMO.
    I agree there, but how do you know it was news to them? In the article I only see they didn't know about the speech.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    I agree there, but how do you know it was news to them? In the article I only see they didn't know about the speech.

    If I'm not mistaken, it said it was the first time he'd come out to anyone.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, it said it was the first time he'd come out to anyone.
    Yeah, reading it again i think you are right. That's not a very considerate way to tell them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post

    P.S: Just remembered another story I heard of a somewhat ditsy friend of a friend who went home to visit his ailing father for the first time in a couple of years. Dad didn't seem so bad so he used the opportunity of Sunday lunch to drop his bombshell that the family name ended with him. Monday, old Dad calls his solicitor to write son out of will. Tuesday, old Dad becomes the late old Dad. Nice going! You get yourself written out of will AND get the blame for killing Pops to boot. I'd make that Coming Out Tip c).
    Maybe his dying was the karma he got for writing his son out of the will for such a stupid reason.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If I were his father, this is not how I would have chosen to have this information revealed to me the first time.



    A bit thoughtless in some ways, IMO.
    More than a bit thoughtless IMO.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrabaholic View Post
    Maybe his dying was the karma he got for writing his son out of the will for such a stupid reason.
    Hmmm. While that might be true, it's quite a tough sell to the remaining members of the family.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Hmmm. While that might be true, it's quite a tough sell to the remaining members of the family.
    That he shouldn't be written out of the will for being gay? Why? They want more money for themselves?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrabaholic View Post
    That he shouldn't be written out of the will for being gay? Why? They want more money for themselves?
    No, that the father's sudden death didn' have anything to do with the shock of discovering his son was gay. The old guy was clearly a bit of a homophobe, it would come as a shock.
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