Ted Chalfen, Gay Colorado Teen, Thanks Graduating Class For Support In Speech

A Colorado-based gay teen's incredible commencement speech thanking his graduating classmates for their support is making the blogosphere rounds.

"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," Ted Chalfen, identified by Towleroad as being from Boulder's Fairview High School, told the crowd. "Many, if not most, of the students here today know this, and most of them don’t really care."

Admitting he was prepared to "endure taunting, social ostracization and even physical abuse" when he came out before entering high school, Chalfen added, "The response 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."

He then noted, "The kindness and understanding that you all have shown me over the past four years speaks volumes about each and every one of you as human beings."



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