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

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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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