Friday, February 01, 2013

Newly out of the closet teen meets his idol, George Takei.

Just a few days ago Jacob Rudolph had come out to his class while accepting an award as best "class actor" in front of his classmates:  

When Jacob Rudolph received the award for "class actor" at his high school, the New Jersey teenager took the opportunity to make a real-life announcement. "I've been acting every single day of my life," he said. "You see me acting the part of 'straight' Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT." He then defined the acronym, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Jacob's father says Jacob is still exploring whether he's exclusively attracted to one sex and used that acronym out of solidarity. Jacob's classmates gave him a standing ovation, and his father — who helped edit his speech before posting the video to YouTube — said it took "more guts than anything I've ever attempted in my life." 

The other day when being interviewed by Anderson Cooper Jacob  received the surprise of his life.

You know we have to always remind ourselves that we are not just fighting for equal rights for ourselves and our loved ones, we are also acting as role models for those who will carry on the fight going forward.

What was improbable yesterday, is possible today, and ubiquitous tomorrow.


  1. WakeUpAmerica4:14 AM

    Very heart-warming! What a special and humble young man!

  2. Leland4:16 AM

    This brought tears to my eyes. It was almost like a passing of the baton!

    Kudos for Takei!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous5:11 AM

    Anti-Gay Homophobic Pastors and Politicians who turn out to be gay

  4. fromthediagonal5:20 AM

    Gryphen, your last sentence is the most hopeful one I have seen in a while, and I thank you.

  5. Anonymous6:04 AM

    And then we have IDIOTS like this one:

    ‘What Queers Do Is An Abomination Against God’ High School Teacher Tells Students (Audio)

    1. Anonymous7:10 AM

      This is how we root out the wingnuts who are in positions where their bigotry can harm people. They can't help but say bizarre things that would raise a grandparent's eyebrow, and much more so a modern person's.

  6. Anonymous6:51 AM

    Revisionist History: Two 49ers Players Insist They Did Not Appear In ‘It Gets Better’ Video

  7. George Takei is simply fantastic. He's a fine role model for anybody, gay OR straight!

  8. Anonymous9:14 AM

    So I am having a great day!! Just drove home with my (new to Me) 2008 Prius!!!
    And then I saw this...just heartening to see AND a big move forward for all of us!

  9. Anonymous9:41 AM

    That. Was. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you so much for posting this, Gryphen.

    It brought more than one tear to my eye, too.

    Cheers to these brave men, young and old, who are showing they are just like anyone else.

  10. Anonymous2:37 PM

    That was simply awesome! A teen that just came out, Anderson Cooper who recently came out, and George Takei who has been out the longest... Really gives hope...


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