Gay High School Student Delivers Valedictorian Speech He Was Barred from Giving

Hey Crew,

Imagine. You’re 18 years old, valedictorian of your class with a 4.5 average and you are about to give your Valedictorian speech to your school. Just before the ceremony starts your headmaster tells you that you are unwelcome to speak because in the speech you out yourself as gay. He also rings your parents and outs you to them. This happened, in 2015, in Boulder Colorado USA.

Gay High School Student Delivers Valedictorian Speech He Was Barred from Giving

See how well he speaks and his community responds when he finally gives the speech at an Out Boulder fundraiser.

Portia x

From YouTube:

Published on Jun 1, 2015

http://democracynow.org – Eighteen-year-old Evan Young was supposed to be the 2015 class valedictorian of Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colorado. But his principal prevented him from giving his graduation speech after learning he would announce he is gay. Instead, two weeks later, Young got to give his speech at an Out Boulder fundraiser before an audience of hundreds, a number of them politicians who congratulated him for his bravery. We air Young’s full address and speak to him about his experience.

Gay High School Student Delivers Valedictorian Speech He Was Barred from Giving

5 thoughts on “Gay High School Student Delivers Valedictorian Speech He Was Barred from Giving

  1. Thank you! The High School Principal should or (hopefully now is) outed as bigoted, homophobic and cruel: unfit for that job. What sort of example was sent to the school fraternity? And what courage Evan Young shows!

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    • Hi there Bernadette Winfield-Gray,
      This kid has poise I’ve NEVER had, let alone at age 18. He should be held up as an example to all kids.
      What was the Head Master thinking? Crazy.
      Portia xx

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  2. I hope they fire that man, he should not be a leader in any school. I am happy he was able to give his speech, he earned that right.

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