New Jersey teen stuns entire class by coming out during school assembly

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-24 17:59:15-05

A New Jersey teenager  is inspiring others across the country this morning for his brave revelation in front of the entire senior class.

Last week, the senior class at Parsippany High School gave out its “superlative awards.”

Eighteen-year–old Jacob Rudolph won for best actor. When he went up to accept the award, he not only thanked the class,  he did something far more unusual, and brave.

His father put this video on YouTube, preceded by a message that read: “In front of a crowd of more than 300 students, parents and teachers, Jacob said something in his acceptance speech that took more guts to do than anything I’ve ever attempted in my life.”

Jacob said he’s been acting every day of his life, acting like a straight man, when in fact, he is not.

He came out as gay, in front of the entire class.

He says he did it to help end the hate in society, a d hopes people can learn to accept each other for who they are.

He finished by saying take me, leave me, or get out of the way.

Classmates screamed and applauded. And his story is  now making national headlines.