Exclusive: Gay High School Student Delivers Valedictorian Speech He Was Barred from Giving

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Eighteen-year-old Evan Young was supposed to be the 2015 class valedictorian of Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colorado. But his principal prevented him from giving his graduation speech after learning he would announce he is gay. Instead, two weeks later, Young got to give his speech at an Out Boulder fundraiser before an audience of hundreds, a number of them politicians who congratulated him for his bravery. We air Young’s full address and speak to him about his experience.

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Evan Young, the 2015 valedictorian of Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colorado. His principal BJ Buchmann prevented him from delivering his graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay.

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Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

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