Washington Times- A Colorado charter school refused to let a class valedictorian deliver a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay, prompting criticism from activists.
Evan Young, 18, said he agreed to make some suggested changes to the speech he planned to deliver on May 16 at the commencement ceremony for Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont. But he refused to remove the disclosure about his sexuality, the Daily Camera reported Thursday.
“My main theme is that you’re supposed to be respectful of people, even if you don’t agree with them. I figured my gayness would be a very good way to address that,” he said.
In a statement, the district said the first draft also included ridiculing comments about faculty and students and was condescending toward the school. School attorney Barry Arrington said in the statement that a graduation speech is not the time for a student to “push his personal agenda on a captive audience.”
So the popular viewpoint on this story is going to be that this Colorado Charter school discriminated on a kid for his sexuality. Took away his big moment strictly because they don't respect his lifestyle. Well, you know what? Fuck those people and fuck this kid. Hey Evan, this is a graduation, not a gay pride rally. It's not that school officials have a problem with which genitalia you prefer in and around your mouth. They just realize that a day that is a celebration of everyone's accomplishments isn't the place for you to swallow all the attention. At least there's no question about his sexuality, because this is the biggest 'look at me' move in history. I know you homosexuals like to talk about everything from a gay perspective, but how about you just talk about things from a student perspective. After all, this is ceremony is to celebrate your educational triumphs and not your sexual conquests. If you wanted to walk straight out of the closet and onto a stage you should have waited until you started your career on Broadway. Pretty sure there would be backlash if a heterosexual valedictorian went up there talking about how much respect he has for all the pussy he's been crushing. If you want to talk about something that separates you from the rest of your peers how about you talk about your intelligence? It's 2015 man. It's easier to find a gay dude than a smart person. I could probably hand pick 5 gayballs from my balcony, but I would need a city wide search crew to find 5 people that could pass the GED without studying.
You know what is worse than this kid trying to turn his graduation into a self promotional video on santorum? The fact that he is the type of person that ruins the surprise party. The type of kid that tells one person too many. If you wanted to come out of the closet via a school wide speech why would you tell the administrators? It's not like they are going to pull you off stage once you get into your exposé on "acceptance". They aren't going to withhold a diploma from the valedictorian. You want to come out of the closet then you kick that shit down. You don't slide a note under the door asking if it's okay first. That's the biggest crime in all of this. It wasn't a spontaneous display of gayness. It was a calculated way for him to chastise his classmates and teachers while painting himself as praiseworthy and courageous.
P.S. Hey Ev, we already knew bro...