Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Social change is happening at record speed right now in this country. We all feel it. It is the risk takers and those who have uncommon bravery who really generate these big changes. Barack Obama and Leon Panetta revealed this week that women will now be allowed to assume combat positions in the military. America is seriously evolving. And then there’s this boy, Jacob Rudolph, an 18-year-old high school senior from New Jersey. Watch as he shows real grit in revealing himself to his entire high school. It is reported that Jacob’s father, Jonathan Rudolph said of his son’s act, “What he did took more guts than anything I have ever attempted in my life.” Watch: Since the sound is somewhat distorted, here is exactly what Jacob said: "Sure I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I've been acting every single day of my life. You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of 'straight' Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT. Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I'm not going to do it anymore. It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are regardless of their sex, race, orientation, or whatever else may be holding back love and friendship. So take me, leave me or move me out of the way. Because I am what I am, and that's how I'm going to act from now on."

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