Let’s hear it for Mitch Anderson, everyone!
Mitch Anderson came out in a speech that he delivered while graduating from Belton High School in Texas.
The full text of the speech has been published, and it's amazing.
Learning how to love and celebrate yourself is one of the most crucial and difficult aspects of life. To know who you truly are is the first step to enlightenment, to happiness. It sounds so facile, yet discovering and accepting who you are meant to be requires introspection and a willingness to submerge yourself into darkness. And that is what makes the task so daunting, so terrifying, if approached with complete authenticity. For the longest time, I was forced to live fractured, refusing to look at who I thought I was and then refusing to accept who I thought I might be. The journey into the soul is not for the faint of heart.
Anderson was the Salutatorian of the largest graduating class in Belton High School history. None of his friends or family knew he was gay before he delivered the speech, he said in an interview with KTEM.