High School student Theodore Chalfen delivered a poignant speech at his Fairview High School graduation ceremony on Sunday in Boulder, CO.
“I’m going to skip all of the clichés I want to rattle off right now, and get right to the point…I’m gay. Many, if not most, of the students here today know this, and most of them don’t really care. That is exactly the reason why I decided I had to give this speech.”
Fairview High graduating senior Ted Chalfen decided as a freshman that he wouldn’t hide that he was gay, fully expecting that he would be taunted and possibly physically bullied. Instead, he said, the vast majority of his classmates reacted with acceptance:
“The kindness and understanding you all have shown me over the past four years speaks volumes about you as human beings,” he said during his graduation speech. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be myself.”
He went on to congratulate his 450 fellow graduating classmates and their parents for their open-mindedness:
“This generation is never going to accomplish the things I know it to be capable of unless we stop thinking of each other in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’…Like it or not, we’re all in this together.”
Watch his speech below