Texas High School Salutatorian Comes Out In Emotional Graduation Speech
Texas high school salutatorian Mitch Anderson bravely came out in an emotional graduation speech on June 7. Prior to making his speech at Belton High School, Anderson had come out to no one, including his family.
Check out a few excerpts from Anderson's awesome speech, but definitely read his full speech here.
"I myself am guilty of self-doubt, relying on others to give my life definition. But that time has passed, and I feel the moment has arrived for me to be publically true to my personal identity. So now, I can say, I’m gay. It is both a significant portion of who I am and an inconsequential aspect. It’s as natural and effortless to me as breathing. I couldn’t change myself even if I wanted, and believe me, I have.
There were moments when I believed I was next to nothing. But I learned that what others think of you is not nearly as meaningful as what you think of yourself. You cannot owe the quality of your existence to other people. You must evaluate your life and give it purpose. You must recognize that you are an expression of the divine, a being made perfect through celebration of your perceived imperfections.
Once you love yourself, you can be the best version of yourself. You will find success and happiness. You will find that being different is a wholly wonderful and joyous thing, because it will mark you for greatness. Wish not to be one of the million, but one in a million. Find your idiosyncrasies, find what will make you unique, and run with it. You will make far fewer mistakes if you allow your inner and truer feelings to guide you."
That's a lot of wisdom for a teenager!
We applaud, Mitch for being true to himself and for choosing to live his life on his own terms.
What'd you think of Mitch's speech, Instincters?