Brave Teen Comes Out In Front of School

You may have seen this video by now of a high school senior getting an award and coming out as gay in front of the whole school. The coolest things about it: First, the video was posted by his father, who is fighting for more acceptance. Second, the students cheer wildly for him. Things are changing, folks. Not fast enough — it’s never fast enough. But we are living in remarkable times, witnessing a huge shift in our culture for the better.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • abb3w

    Anyone know in what state this was?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    NJ, Parsippany

  • ellien

    @abb3w

    It was Parsippany, NJ.

    Yay! Jersey! We Rock!

  • D. C. Sessions

    And every time this happens, more people go from thinking of “them” to thinking of “us.”

    And every time this happens, more people get a bit closer to coming out themselves.

    Change snowballs.

    The times, they are a-changin’.

  • http://dododreams.blogspot.com/ John Pieret

    New Jersey is considering a gay marriage law again (Gov. Christie vetoed one last year). I hope the governor and every legislator sees this and maybe has this brave young man into testify.

  • se habla espol

    When my grandson came out, couple of years ago, he got a similar reception from his high school classmates. We were immensely relieved: we had been afraid that the Utah teens would be listening to the LDS bigotry.

  • donkensler

    It’s been a pretty amazing 41 years since I was a high-school senior in NJ, or 45 years since I figured out I’m gay. I’m just glad I’ve been around to see it happen.

  • Karen Locke

    His reception so jazzed me — to be cheered for being who you are is such a wonderful thing,

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    So what do you all think? Was the positive reception due to the demographics of the student body, Parsipanny is in NYC commuter town, educated, upper middle class, probably low evangelical. Was it his existing reputation within the school? Was it his forthrightness? Was it the dynamics of the setting? Some combination?

    Interesting @6 that someone got a similar reception in Utah, and on top of that, six years ago.

  • abb3w

    Yeah. New Jersey is one of the states where, if Gay Marriage gets put to the popular vote, it seems likely to pass. Still takes a fair bit of courage; there yet remains a sizable hunk of conservative wingnuts, especially in some of the more rural areas.

  • glodson

    This helped brightened my day. Maybe in about 20 years, it won’t take any courage to come out, or even be a need to. Maybe I’m being way too optimistic.


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