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Meet Jacob Rudolph, the high school senior who came out to 300 classmates

Friday, January 25, 2013

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts talks to Jacob Rudolph, the LGBT teen from New Jersey who came out at a school awards ceremony.

During his acceptance speech for being awarded “class actor,” Jacob stood before 300 classmates to tell them he had “been acting every single day” of his life as “straight Jacob.” You can watch Jacob’s full coming out speech here, and his interview with Roberts below:

Following his speech, Jacob’s classmates gave him a standing ovation, and his father — who helped edit the video before posting it to YouTube — said it took “more guts than anything I’ve ever attempted in my life.”

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Hello

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:02pm
  2. That’s nothing, I came out to 1,500. :)

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:07pm
  3. Actually, he’s come out to over 400,000 if you include the number of views on the youtube video

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:09pm
  4. Congrats and brave work Jacob!

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:16pm
  5. VERY courageous, Jacob! Great job! :-D

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:25pm
  6. this is cool

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:31pm
  7. congrats and i am very proud of u

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:33pm
  8. Good for him. hope it opens the door for others to come out!

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:55pm
  9. great job Jacob! took a lot of guts, very proud of you,

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:55pm
  10. Oh and that’s my home town for 40 years!

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:56pm
  11. Great for you Jacob Rudolph! Class act all the way around!

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:00pm
  12. Good for you. Im Gay. The only people who have “a problem with being gay” is THEY HAVE a problem with fear of being gay themselves.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:17pm
  13. Good point Jaime

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:27pm
  14. Super proud and supportive of this kid, but I think the media hype he’s receiving is a little much. He was on the 11pm news! And talk shows… I just feel we should be well past the point where a kid coming out is a big deal. It’s always a big deal to the individual, and his speech was good, but it shouldn’t be so shocking as to warrant a media circus.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9:39pm