“I’ve been acting every single day of my life,” teen Jacob Rudolph said. “You, see, I’ve been acting as someone I am not.”
Jacob Rudolph stood courageously in front of his entire school while accepting his award for “Class Actor“, and gave a beautiful speech in which he came out as gay. Jacob 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.”
The high school senior from Parsippany, New Jersey was recorded on video by his proud father Jonathan Rudolph. Mr. Rudolph’s family friend Scott Hester-Johnson forwarded the inspiring video of Jacob to several LGBT sites in an effort to inspire other teens to stop “acting” and be themselves.
Jacob received a standing ovation, not only from his class who welcomed him with open arms, but from myself as well for embracing himself for who he is.
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