High school student's coming out speech greeted with standing ovation

Thu. January 24, 2013 10:21 AM by OnTopMag.com

A high school senior's coming out speech at Princeton High School in New Jersey was greeted with a standing ovation.

In accepting an award for "Class Actor" in front of 300 of his fellow classmates, Jacob announced that he's LGBT.

"I would like to thank everyone for voting me Class Actor," Jacob said. "Sure, I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly I've been acting every single day of my life."

"You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me acting every day, you see me acting the part of "straight Jacob," but I'm actually an LGBT teen – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender."

"Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment, 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 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."

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