Meet Jacob Rudolph, 18, a brave teen who came out as LGBT in a speech before 300 students at Parsippany High. Jacob stood at a high school assembly to accept an acting award and proudly announced that he is “an LGBT teen.”
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 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.
Rudolph’s father posted the video on YouTube and as you can see in the video, the student received a standing ovation!