A high school senior (Jacob Rudolph) from N.J. went up to accept an award for acting, and stunned his fellow classmates, teachers, family, and friends by explaining to them all he's been "acting" his whole life.
He came out to a room full o f 300 plus people....and got a standing ovation!!
Here's part of what he said: Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of "straight" Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT. Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I'm not going to do it anymore. It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are regardless of their sex, race, orientation, or whatever else may be holding back love and friendship. So take me, leave me, or move me out of the way. Because I am what I am, and that's how I'm going to act from now on.
His dad put it on Youtube initially just for family and friends, but it's taken off from there. Dad said what his son did "took more guts to do than anything I've ever attempted in my life."
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