At Fairview High School's graduation ceremony this weekend in Boulder, CO, senior Ted Chalfen wasted no time in his speech:
Ted continued on passionately:
"Coming out before entering high school was not a decision that I undertook lightly. I had heard the horror stories about how this could be the worst four years of a young gay mans life. I was fully prepared to endure taunting, social ostracization, and even physical abuse. But I knew what I knew, and I couldn't hide it anymore. So I decided that upon entering Fairview that if anyone asked me...I would tell them the truth. The response that I have received, by and large, has been stunning. The amount of people who actually seemed happy to hear that I was gay outnumbered those who didn't care. And those who didn't care far outnumbered the small group who reacted negatively."