NJ Teen Speaks About Diversity at High School Assembly

Friday, January 25, 2013

It wasn't until 18-year-old Jacob Randolph's online video announcing he was gay hit 100,000 views that he allowed himself to celebrate.

On Jan. 18, the Parsippany, N.J., high school senior accepted an award for best actor during his senior class awards ceremony. What happened next would be caught on camera by Rudolph's closest friend, sitting in a crowd of more than 300 students and school staff.

"I was very nervous but after I realized what I was doing would be benefitting the LGBT community as a whole, that was when I really didn't think much of it anymore," said Rudolph. "As far as a personal detriment to me, there was none, because it was so much bigger than me at that point."

Rudolph began his announcement by thanking everyone for choosing him as the recipient of the class actor award.

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