We love this high school graduation speech by Theodore Chalfen - a student at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado.
Theodore is gay. Back when he was a freshman, he decided to come out - knowing he might be taunted or bullied. But instead, he says most of his fellow students didn't think twice - they just accepted him for who he is.
He opens his speech with this:
"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. Many, if not most, of the students here today know this, and most of them don't really care. That is exactly the reason why I decided I had to give this speech."
He goes on to thank everyone for their "kindness and understanding" and "for giving me the opportunity to be myself."
He closes with a poignant message: "This generation is never going to accomplish the things I know it to be capable of unless we stop thinking of each other in terms of 'us' and 'them'... Like it or not, we're all in this together."
You can watch Theodore's speech at the top - it's well worth the 4 1/2 minutes.