High school senior comes out as LGBT while accepting award

There are 5 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."

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“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#93 Jan 29, 2013
Not Yet Equal wrote:
"Research has shown that feeling positively about one’s sexual orientation and integrating it into one’s life fosters greater well-being and mental health. This integration often involves disclosing one’s identity to others; it may also entail participating in the gay community. Being able to discuss one’s sexual orientation with others also increases the availability of social support, which is crucial to mental health and psychological well-being. Like heterosexuals, lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people benefit from being able to share their lives with and receive support from family, friends, and acquaintances. Thus, it is not surprising that lesbians and gay men who feel they must conceal their sexual orientation report more frequent mental health concerns than do lesbians and gay men who are more open; they may even have more physical health problems.
Where problems occur, they are closely associated with experiences of bias and discrimination in their environments."
(APA)
Occam's Razor.

I'm not sure I'll ever understand how other people (anti-gay specifically) can't understand this.

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“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#94 Jan 29, 2013
snyper wrote:
Does anyone have anything in the way of an update on this brave kid?
(Anyone else think he might have been bucking for a scholarship?)
Interesting point. If so, I think he'd deserve it.

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#95 Jan 29, 2013
We need a well-funded United Gay College Fund.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#96 Jan 29, 2013
snyper wrote:
We need a well-funded United Gay College Fund.
No, we don't. What we need is for all people to be treated EQUALLY. Something the Democrats (aka "The Ancient Evil Ones") don't understand.

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#97 Jan 30, 2013
Yeah, your Libertarians have done so much for equality. We all remember when they passed that legislation which ....... Errrr wait. Your Libertarions have never done a damned thing about anything, they can't get elected dog catcher.

You're nothing but an empty suit POS.
Cal In AZ wrote:
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No, we don't. What we need is for all people to be treated EQUALLY. Something the Democrats (aka "The Ancient Evil Ones") don't understand.

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