High school senior comes out as LGBT ...

High school senior comes out as LGBT while accepting award

There are 85 comments on the news.yahoo.com story from Jan 24, 2013, titled High school senior comes out as LGBT while accepting award. In it, news.yahoo.com reports that:

Coming out as LGBT is rarely easy, which makes

Jacob Rudolph's story all the more impressive. When the high school student in Parsippany, N.J., came out, he did so in front of the entire school. His classmates responded with a standing ovation.

During the presentation of senior class awards, Rudolph was given the Class Actor award, an irony not lost on him. "Sure I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I've been acting every single day of my life," Rudolph said. "You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not."

Footage of Rodolph's speech and its positive reception was uploaded to the Web by his father, who noted on the video that it "took more guts to do than anything I've ever attempted in my life."

Join the discussion below, or Read more at news.yahoo.com.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#25 Jan 24, 2013
The Gay Plague wrote:
Stinky
but enough about you and your lifestyle.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#26 Jan 24, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
<quoted text>
I immediately thought the same thing. He should have just said "I'm GAY !:)"
"LGBT" is just a very clumsy abbreviation to use. why don't we just shorten it to the easy to pronounce "FUN!:)" ?
His goal was to include ALL kids who might be any one of those demographics. I'm sure he did it to make others aware of bullying, and anyone of the other branches of LGBT could feel power.

Now that he OWNED who he is, no one has the power to bully him. They may try, but at this point it would be lacking teeth or such dreadful power over him.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#27 Jan 24, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
<quoted text>
But True.:)
You're lucky you live in Argentina and thus don't HAVE Democrats down there (you can have all of our si fyou really want them). All you guys have to worry about is finally devising a SUCCESSFUL plan to recover the Malvinas.
:)
TRY to stay on topic and don't go off on one of your useless rants, please.

Obama is president and you can sit and piss and moan about it all day long, but he is in for FOUR more years. Get used to it.

Since: Oct 10

San Francisco

#28 Jan 24, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>TRY to stay on topic and don't go off on one of your useless rants, please.
Obama is president and you can sit and piss and moan about it all day long, but he is in for FOUR more years. Get used to it.
You'd have better luck asking the sun to stop shining in Palm Springs. Daniel has probably kept a file of all his drivel over the last four years to copy and paste for the next four.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#29 Jan 24, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>TRY to stay on topic and don't go off on one of your useless rants, please.
Obama is president and you can sit and piss and moan about it all day long, but he is in for FOUR more years. Get used to it.
Not if he's impeached ?!

we impeached TWO (2) DEMOCRATIC Presidents !

Can we do it again ?!

YES, We Can !

:)

IMPEACH THIS BUM !

NEXT !

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#31 Jan 24, 2013
NE Jade wrote:
<quoted text>He might have been trying to make the point he was a member of others in his school that would fit into the inclusive LGBT community. That might be why there was such an applause. He also is YOUNG! Give the kid a break. He did what so many of us only dream we could have done by addressing the whole school. May more good things come his way!!
Where was a hottie like that when I was in high school?

Oops. It was me.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#33 Jan 24, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>
Where was a hottie like that when I was in high school?
Oops. It was me.
They HAD hot guys in 1942 ?!
Jane Dodo

West New York, NJ

#34 Jan 24, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
<quoted text>
Not if he's impeached ?!
Yeah, like that could happen.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#35 Jan 24, 2013
Jane Dodo wrote:
<quoted text> Yeah, like that could happen.
That's what you guys said about Clinton.

:)

And what happened ?

He was IMPEACHED !

:)

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#36 Jan 24, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
<quoted text>
They HAD hot guys in 1942 ?!
'37. I skipped a few grades and started college early. As with now, few and far between but, oh yes, there certainly were! Ya had to look for them, though.

http://u1.ipernity.com/14/56/84/7325684.1c4d1...

I definitely loved those sandy-haired longboarders.

http://files.legendarysurfers.com/blog/upload...

"Line forms at the left, boys!"

http://www.onlyclassics.com/p574.jpg

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#37 Jan 24, 2013

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#38 Jan 24, 2013
It is so gratifying that is mattering less and less to people - especially the younger generations.

Homophobes can say what they want, but acceptance and equality are inevitable.

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#39 Jan 24, 2013
The Gay Plague wrote:
Yes, an aids epidemic.
You're basically recognizing someone here for something that they are not. Themselves.
You'll understand someday, when you're as old as the kid in this video.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#40 Jan 24, 2013
This would have been unthinkable in my high school, Commack South, in the early 70's when I attended there. it was difficult enough to simply be a non-Italian there.

This young man has guts !:)
Shelby

Toronto, Canada

#41 Jan 24, 2013
NE Jade wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, and in 20 years all of the idiots hiding behind their computers and cyber gay bashing will be dead! The future looks so promising for today's youth!!
At least that will include you to....DUH
Jimbo

Los Angeles, CA

#42 Jan 24, 2013
I hope this sissy gets his ass kicked!
Shelby

Toronto, Canada

#43 Jan 24, 2013
The Gay Plague wrote:
Why don't you tell us how Jade cus I know a lot of people are going to claim their fame to gayness and continue to use hardcore drugs and spread std's around the globe. What are you gonna say then diaper breath?
Today's youth is bad enough. Why don't you explain to us all how a nanny mentality is going to support a nation Jade. That's just it, you can't! Because you're too stupid!
This country is dying from the inside out and Barack 'Hussein' Obama is assisting in said cause.
You really are a disgrace to mankind.....

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#45 Jan 24, 2013
As the hate crime rates and articles here demonstrate, coming out can still be a very dangerous act in many places here and around the world. It still takes a lot of courage to do it anywhere, but especially in high school. Yet it often takes even more energy to stay in the closet, lie, and self censor every word and action. Closets are health hazards.

Harvey Milk on the evening of the victory over prop 6:

"So far a lot of people joined us and rejected proposition 6, and we owe them something. We owe them to continue the education campaign that took place. We must destroy the myths once and for all, shatter them. We must continue to speak out, and most importantly, most importantly, every gay person must come out. As difficult as it is you must tell your immediate family, you must tell your friends, if they indeed they are your friends, you must tell your neighbors, you must tell the people you work with, you must tell the people in the stores you shop in, and once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and for all. And once you do, you will feel so much better."

“Equality marches on! ”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#46 Jan 24, 2013
Jimbo wrote:
The kid probably isn't even gay..
Oh, like when you keep stressing how straight you are? More projection from an attention seeking, multi-username, closeted, troll.
David Traversa

Villa Angelica, Argentina

#47 Jan 24, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
<quoted text>
But True.:)
You're lucky you live in Argentina and thus don't HAVE Democrats down there (you can have all of our si fyou really want them). All you guys have to worry about is finally devising a SUCCESSFUL plan to recover the Malvinas.
:)
I very much doubt Argentina will ever recover the Malvinas.. Nobody here is very worried about them except die-hard nationalists.. They're more concerned about the devaluation of the dollar, Argentine currency not having much value anywhere else but here..

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