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

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post


    A Texas high school senior used his graduation speech last week to announce to his family, friends and fellow students that he's gay.

    Mitch Anderson, a member of Belton High School’s 2013 graduating class, told a local radio station that he had never come out to anyone before his salutatorian speech on Thursday at the Bell County Expo.
    “Once I got up there and started talking, I felt completely fine,” Anderson, who lives in Temple, Texas, told KTEM News Radio.
    “I myself am guilty of self-doubt, relying on others to give my life definition,” Anderson said in his speech. “But that time has passed, and I feel the moment has arrived for me to be publicly true to my personal identity. So now, I can say, I’m gay.
    "It is both a significant portion of who I am and an inconsequential aspect," he continued. "It’s as natural and effortless to me as breathing. I couldn’t change myself even if I wanted and, believe me, I have."

    Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech
    Thanks, Winston. Thought it might be good to share more about what this young man said. It might give those who are bigoted a bit more to senselessly mock and rant about.

    I have been bullied a lot. I’ve been called unspeakable things and relegated to a place of lower class. I have been made to feel worthless, unneeded, a blight on the world. People have mocked me, said that I was virtually subhuman.

    So, for a while, I was in a very dark place. I had no concept of self-worth, and frequently pondered suicide. I became so dejected, that many times I thought of killing myself not just because I saw no point to life, but because I had been convinced that doing so would actually make the world better. And so, for many years, I continued the cyclical, destructive thought patterns. This happened both before and after I thought about my sexuality. And after I had realized I was gay, I hated myself. I wished and prayed endlessly that I could just go on with life normally, that I could be like everyone else. Being different felt like a curse, an unfair sentence to the life of an outcast.

    There were moments when I believed I was next to nothing. But I learned that what others think of you is not nearly as meaningful as what you think of yourself. You cannot owe the quality of your existence to other people. You must evaluate your life and give it purpose. You must recognize that you are an expression of the divine, a being made perfect through celebration of your perceived imperfections. Once you love yourself, you can be the best version of yourself.

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

    George Bush did it when he was president, hell I don't see what all the fuss is about


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

    Looking at what was actually said, that was brave indeed. Standing up for yourself in the face of such hostility is never a bad thing. No doubt some of those who defended the religious speech will now interject with dreams of censorship.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The song I want played at my wake and he did it justice. The kid could very well be the next Bocelli or even Pavarotti if given the training. If he's right about what happenned, not leaving stuff out, I hope his folks rot.
    Why should his folks rot? Apparently they've been very supportive of him....

    Anderson said his parents knew nothing of his plans to come out that night, and have were extremely supportive afterwards.
    KTEM EXCLUSIVE: Belton High School Student Comes Out To Family, Friends During Graduation Speech
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Heebie Jeebie View Post
    What makes people think anyone wants to hear about their sexual preferance, especially if they weren't asked about it in the first place?
    What makes people think anyone wants to hear the lord's prayer, especially if they weren't asked about it first?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post


    A Texas high school senior used his graduation speech last week to announce to his family, friends and fellow students that he's gay.

    Mitch Anderson, a member of Belton High School’s 2013 graduating class, told a local radio station that he had never come out to anyone before his salutatorian speech on Thursday at the Bell County Expo.
    “Once I got up there and started talking, I felt completely fine,” Anderson, who lives in Temple, Texas, told KTEM News Radio.
    “I myself am guilty of self-doubt, relying on others to give my life definition,” Anderson said in his speech. “But that time has passed, and I feel the moment has arrived for me to be publicly true to my personal identity. So now, I can say, I’m gay.
    "It is both a significant portion of who I am and an inconsequential aspect," he continued. "It’s as natural and effortless to me as breathing. I couldn’t change myself even if I wanted and, believe me, I have."

    Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech
    Seems like a chicken s*** way to tell your parents.

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

    Belton: "As of the census of 2010, there were 18,216 people and 5,380 households within the city, a 24.6% population growth from the 2000 census." Belton, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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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.
    I'm not going to say that or anything like it, only that taking your stand--prayer, coming out, whatever, during such a speech is self-aggrandizing and not appropriate to the moment.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    What makes people think anyone wants to hear the lord's prayer, especially if they weren't asked about it first?

    Who really cares?

    What I'd like to hear is:

    Who put the bomp
    In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?
    Who put the ram
    In the rama lama ding dong?
    Who put the bop
    In the bop shoo bop shoo bop?
    Who put the dip
    In the dip da dip da dip?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Heebie Jeebie View Post
    What makes people think anyone wants to hear about their sexual preferance, especially if they weren't asked about it in the first place?
    I'm perfectly fine with people being gay - But I would be offended if they took something like a graduation ceremony and turned it into a self-centered publicity spree for their interests.

    That's like a slap in the face to the real purpose of the event.

    Why did he do it? Too afraid to talk to them in a normal conversation?
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