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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
    Yep. There were probably a lot better places to announce it, like maybe at his graduation party or at breakfast the next day, places where people who might actually have an interest would be. But hey maybe his folks like surprises!
    I don't feel anyone should have to hide their sexual orientation, but to announce it as such devalues the relationship with his parents, IMO. To me, it says 'my parents are on the same relationship level with as everybody else in the world', and maybe that is true for him, but I feel due respect should have been given and they should have been told first, if they hadn't already figured it out.

    It also removes the focus of the speech from the students as a group, who he is supposed to be representing, and focus' it on him. But his choice, and apparently the general reaction of the student body was positive.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    I liked the content of what he wrote which had universal relevance for all young adults. I didn't like the fact he didn't come out to his parents first, face-to-face and in private. That doesn't seem like a loving thing to do. Perhaps there are issues and reasons why he did not. I think my parents would have struggled more than they did if I'd chosen to come out to them that way, instead of the way I did... and THAT was far from perfect.

    So, to still-in-the-closet girls and boys of DP. When coming out to parents do not do it a) during a Valedictorian speech, or b) while the parent on the receiving end of your confession is driving on a twisty, mountain road in the dark, in January.

    Anyone else got a few more suggestions of less-than-ideal ways to come out to your parents?

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

    Nothing but hate for the kid that said The Lord's Prayer, they cut off the mic for the kid that talked about the Constitution.

    Why was this kid allowed to talk about his sex life?

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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."

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

    I'm guessing that you're trying to be funny here.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Andy View Post
    Can you imagine how different this thread would be if he announced his conversion to Christianity?
    For one thing, no one would be asking "What makes people think anyone wants to hear about their religious preference, especially if they weren't asked about it in the first place? "
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Wow. I'm going to have to try to find his full speech, what I read from the first article posted was really good. My first impression of this was that he was just using a podium to express his own self and his own issues but he didn't', the parts of the speech that I read weren't just speaking of himself but of the condition that everyone faces in life.

    Excerpt of speech from the source in the OP: "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. When you feel like you will be abandoned, alienated, and cast out, ignore the sources of such toxicity."
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    For one thing, no one would be asking "What makes people think anyone wants to hear about their religious preference, especially if they weren't asked about it in the first place? "
    I'd ask that question.
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    Re: Now this is brave Gay Texas teen comes out in graduation speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Andy View Post
    Can you imagine how different this thread would be if he announced his conversion to Christianity?
    Yes. He and every Christian in the audience would have been arrested and fed to some hungry lions.

    (That's what you wanted to hear, right? How persecuted you are?)


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    Nothing but hate for the kid that said The Lord's Prayer, they cut off the mic for the kid that talked about the Constitution.

    Why was this kid allowed to talk about his sex life?
    Nothing but hate? Only in your head where not bowing down to the kid in worship for saying the prayer qualifies as hate. I said he had the right to say it, he did, and so that's it. That's not hate.

    It's just something for the "poor persecuted Conservatives" to screech about.


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