Isn’t it nice when the fates align and you’re rewarded for your bravery? Teen Jacob Rudolph came out during a class awards ceremony on Tuesday in front of his 300 classmates and was later surprised by George Takei on television.
The New Jersey high school senior was accepting an award for Class Actor and had this to say to his classmates: “I would like to thank everyone for voting me Class Actor,” Rudolph said. “Sure, I’ve been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly I’ve been acting every single day of my life.”
“You see, I’ve been acting as someone I’m not. Most of you see me acting every day, you see me acting the part of “straight Jacob,” but I’m actually an LGBT teen – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.”
He was met with a standing ovation from his classmates.
While he was on Anderson Live! to talk about the experience, he was surprised with his idol, George Takei. The Star Trek star is openly gay and had encouraging words for him.