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Bisexual Teen Comes Out in Valedictorian Speech

Bisexual Teen Comes Out in Valedictorian Speech

Bisexual Teen Comes Out in Valedictorian Speech

His classmates gave him a standing ovation.

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A teenager in New York City made the most of his graduation ceremony by choosing that moment to come out as bisexual.

Mason Bleu shared a video Saturday of his valedictorian speech. He was clearly nervous as he stumbled over his prepared words, before finally gearing up for his big reveal.

“I’ve struggled to be proud of something all my life,” he said. “Since I’m preaching about being proud today, it would be hypocritical of me to continue hiding.”

You could hear the audience start to get worked up as people realized what it is that Bleu was about to tell them, and he had to raise his voice to keep going.

“For a long time, I have struggled with my sexuality. I’ve dodged it and ignored it because I wasn’t proud of who I am. But today I’m changing that. I’m proud to be a bisexual man.”

The room erupted in cheers for the graduating senior, with a standing ovation coming from his classmates and eventually the faculty on stage as well.

“I’ve struggled with being proud of myself for a long time because I was afraid that no one else would be proud of me, and for me,” he continued. “But an important thing about being proud is that you should always be proud of yourself before you want anyone to be proud of you.”

After sharing the video on Twitter, Bleu also took a moment to say that one of the reasons he was afraid of coming out earlier was that he wants to be an actor and he was afraid being an out bisexual man would hurt his career prospects.

But ultimately, he realized he had the opportunity to be authentic and maybe even inspire others along the way, as out and proud LGBTQ heroes had inspired him.

Congratulations, Mason! 

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.