Valedictorian Gives Coming Out Speech At Gay Rights Awards

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A high school valedictorian barred from giving a graduation speech revealing he is gay got another chance to deliver his message.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Young delivered the speech Sunday at an awards ceremony held by the gay rights group Out Boulder in Boulder.

The Daily Camera newspaper reports that the crowd cheered during the speech, which ended with Young asking people to hug someone different from themselves. Congressman Jared Polis was among those who awarded commendations to Young at the event.

The teen says he agreed to make some changes to the speech requested by the principal of Longmont's Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School but refused to remove the revelation of his sexuality.

He says he submitted a revised version but the school contends that he didn't.

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