Teen Gets Standing Ovation After Coming Out as Gay in Speech to Catholic School

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This week a student was met with a standing ovation after he came out as gay during a school assembly at his Catholic high school. Finn Stannard’s speech, in front of students at Saint Ignatius’ College in Riverview, Australia, has received thousands of views.

I’ve been working towards this speech for four years

In those four years, I have come to understand who I am and how to not be sorry for being myself.

He told students that his parents reacted with love and acceptance when he told them he was gay. Though he said he had worried that his school peers would not accept him.

Announcing yourself to the world is pretty terrifying because… what if the world doesn’t like you?

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