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Video: Gay teen in viral coming out video urges New Jersey Senate committee to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy

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  1. This is very beautiful to hear someone a little younger then me to stand up like this. I remember watching the viral video of him coming OUT on stage during his graduation speech and i was amazed. And now to take his voice to fight laws that hurt the L.G.B.T. community is very inspirational. His parents must be so proud of him.

    1. Jacob should also be very proud of his parents for being so supportive – they’re just as awesome as he is !

      1. Philip Breen 19 Mar 2013, 9:21pm

        Yes, Gerry, his parents are simply amazing. So many of us, myself included, no matter how good our parents were in other ways, would have been terrified even to have come out, yet alone anything else, a generation ago. I wish that young man well.

        1. Yes, sadly it just wasn’t mentioned back then, it was the ultimate taboo and there were very few role models / advocates like Jacob Rudolph or Zach Wahls to impress the older generation.

          It’s heartening that even in the ultra-conservative US things are changing rapidly: the video of Jacob’s school speech is brilliant when everyone starts cheering.

          Best news of all of all is when he tells the senate committee that five young people who were going to commit suicide have seen the video and have changed their minds. That’s a wonderful achievement. :-)

          It was great that the committee voted 7-1 to ban conversion therapy for minors; let’s now hope the full senate takes notice and ratifies it !

    2. GulliverUK 20 Mar 2013, 6:25am

      Very inspiring. I guess when you are up against the legislation and you live in a country where you can freely express yourself, you have to grab the bull by the horns. I was matching in the Gay Pride protest marches in the 80s and 90s, for rights and protections in law, and especially against Section 28. In those days the Gay Pride marches were protest marches, not parades, and I remember there was an incredibly large police presence — police officers spaces every 2-3 meters, both sides, walking alongside the marchers. And I don’t think they were there to protect us !

      We are lucky in the UK to already have most of our rights and equality, but adversity and inequality also lead to individuals finding out they can do things they never thought they could, and to campaigns which fire the imagination of many others, and to viral videos which can change the world.

  2. I am so proud of this generation. They are often criticized unjustifiedly. They are informed educated and willing to take a stand on important issues of the day. This young man is a bright smart brave fellow that WILL be heard. Bless him and I agree that his family MUST be so proud of him. I am.

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