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High school student who was outed by his principal finally gives graduation speech

Joseph McCormick June 2, 2015

A high school student from the US state of Colorado has been given a chance to give his graduation speech despite being banned by his school from doing so.

18-year-old Evan Young had planned to come out as gay in his valedictorian speech at Twin Peaks charter academy high school in Longmont.

However, after a dispute with school administrators who asked him to remove the disclosure about his sexuality, Young was told he could not speak. The school accused him of attempting to “push a personal agenda”.

However shortly before the ceremony, school principal PJ Buchmann called Young’s parents and explained that the speech was problematic, and told them that he is gay, despite them not previously knowing.

Young was given the chance to give his graduation speech by LGBT group Out Bolder.

At around half way, he made the big reveal, after talking about missing his classmates, and passing high school with at 4.5 GPA.

He said: “On a more serious note, there is something I would like to reveal to you…Y ou may have already suspected this… I’m gay.”

The full speech is available to watch below

 

 

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