How my exclusion from speaking at my school's graduation led to healing

LGBTQ Nation
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May 9, 2013

I wrote an open letter addressing the discrimination that I endured by not allowing me to speak at my Arkansas high school alma mater. I felt like I couldn’t keep silent any longer, and needed to let not only the superintendent, but for the wider world to know how much their actions have hurt me and my family.

I never imagined my letter would spark such an outpouring of love from hundreds of complete strangers. Most amazingly I also received a surprising confession from a man who once bullied me.

GLAAD began working with Bryant Huddleston after he was uninvited from speaking at his alma mater's graduation because he was gay. We placed this commentary to show what has developed since the inviation was rescinded.