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Out Gay High School Student Delivers Inspirational Speech at Graduation Ceremony

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Brett Rosner


By Brett Rosner on May 24, 2013


He may only be 18, but Theodore Chalfen delivered one hell of a speech at his high school graduation in Boulder, Colorado.

“I’m going to skip all the clichés I want to rattle off right now and get to the point. I’m gay,” he says. In front of his entire graduating class, Chalfen then passionately described his personal journey to coming out. He said he expected to be taunted, bullied and even beaten by his fellow students, but he said the response was mostly positive. Awesome.

For the students who didn’t accept him, Chalfen had a message for them.

This incredible kindness is not demonstrated by the full 100 percent of the student body. My only hope for those of you who weren’t as nice is that you can learn from the examples of your friends and your colleagues and become caring, understanding adults in the future. Because like it or not, we’re all in this together and this generation is never going to accomplish the things I know it to be capable of unless we stop thinking of each other in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them.’

Chalfen also thanked the parents for raising his peers “the right way.”

All of the parents sitting out there today deserve a share of the credit, as well. You brought your kids up the right way and they are forever indebted to you for it.

Bravo, sir. Bravo.

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