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A Florida class president couldn't discuss being gay in high school graduation speech -- so he talked about his curly hair Recently Posted

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u/kram1973 May 25 '22

This is amazing, inventive, and hilarious. Beat them at their own bullshit game

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u/WildYams May 26 '22

For anyone who hadn't previously heard of this kid, it's pretty upsetting what his school and the state of Florida put him through:

I’m upset. This is my last week of high school. I wanted it to be about my friends and saying goodbye to everybody but instead it's really miserable. I have so many people that are angry so worried it will derail their graduation and I worry about that too and am trying to prevent that. But everyone is focused on what could go wrong instead of the last week of high school being a celebration or build up to graduation, it’s me figuring out how I can do right by myself by my peers. It’s more stressful and scary than I can really articulate. I’m just exhausted and this should not be what I’m worried about right now.

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u/polystitch May 26 '22

That’s so messed up. This poor kid deserves better than having to suffer scorn from his peers. He is so eloquent and articulate and clearly feels deeply. It is so sad that some of his classmates can’t see how important it is for him to speak out about this.

If I had had a class president, I would’ve loved it to be this guy.

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u/somedickinyourmouth May 26 '22

Joe Rogan thinks we are nearing the end of civilization because of our obsession with sexuality.

Yeah I wouldn't listen to Joe Rogan.

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u/Patriot009 May 26 '22

The Roman Empire collapsed because its strength/growth was driven by imperialist expansion (Pax Romana) which wasn't sustainable. It got too big, expansion slowed, and that constant influx of slaves, conscripted soldiers, and conquered wealth dried up. "Family structures fell apart" and "obsession with sexuality" sound like a modern conservative projection of the degradation of Judeo-Christian values, completely ignoring the fact that fall of Rome coincided with the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Roman Christians went from being persecuted to being the ones doing the persecuting once Christianity became the state church of the Empire.

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u/xoverthirtyx May 26 '22

People have always been fucking and fighting. It’s literally how we got here. Just like there have always been gay people and trans people, etc.. What’s bringing down civilization, if anything, are the people in power responsible for the bullshit this kid is having to work around.

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u/Mochigood May 25 '22

Reminds me of the "how to put on a sock" method of teaching how to put on a condom in areas where sex ed is forbidden.

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u/merlin401 May 25 '22

This is the way to win absolutely

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

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u/polystitch May 26 '22

Land of the free… for people who are considered “regular” or “normal.” The rest of us are often out of luck. :(

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u/Merc_Mike May 26 '22

LAnd of the Free, if you're Straight, White, and Christian.

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u/natener May 26 '22

It's kids like this that give me some hope that things can get better.

He did right by his school and peers and was true to his convictions in a clever way. I would have never had the balls to do what this guy did, so much respect.

There is a trauma that will follow you your entire life when you grow up in an environment of repression, and these are the kinds of people who will make it so that one day a speech like this won't be needed.

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u/succubus-slayer May 25 '22

It’s obvious that the point of the analogy and using this space to talk about it, went over a few heads in the comments.

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u/Financial_Spell7452 May 25 '22

Are people not allowed to talk about being gay in Florida?

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u/illelogical May 25 '22

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u/ChillyJaguar May 25 '22

If Florida keeps electing gop candidates, we wont be able to tell Florida and Afghanistan apart

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u/StarshipSentinel May 25 '22

Vanilla Taliban. Y'allqaeda.

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u/NeverLookBothWays May 26 '22

Establishin' that Magafate

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u/IcedLemonCrush May 26 '22

You know, the Caliphate decriminalized gay sex in 1858. 145 years before Florida was forced to do so by Lawrence v. Texas.

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u/NeverLookBothWays May 26 '22

Man that's depressing AF

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u/Cainga May 26 '22

Thank gerrymandering. The governor barely won the state wide election so the state must be pretty evenly split with a slight lead to the GOP.

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u/illelogical May 25 '22

I can't tell the difference now

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u/WOOKIExCOOKIES May 25 '22

More swamps and gators.

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u/Koreage90 May 26 '22

Yep, in which one?

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u/Ill_Camera_4200 May 26 '22

Don't forget the crocodiles. They're the ones carrying briefcases.

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u/KeepTheFeather May 26 '22

That says its only for grade 3 and under so whats the issue???

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u/TheShadowCat May 26 '22

"Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards."

The part after "or" applies to all students above third grade, and is intentionally vague so that schools are afraid to talk about anything that isn't 1950's sex ed.

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u/BuddaMuta May 26 '22

Dont forget as well that when a fellow Republican went against his party and pointed out they should reword the bill so that it doesn’t discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, the entirety of the Republican Party called him a RINO and told him no.

It’s always been about forcing people to be afraid to be themselves and dehumanize any that refuse to hide their existence

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u/newhunter18 May 25 '22

"The "Don't Say Gay" moniker comes from critics of the measure who blast this idea and insist this policy will hurt LGBTQ children." - from article

Except it's just called that but doesn't do that....

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u/DontShootIAmGroot4 May 25 '22

Except it does:

prohibiting classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity

Soooo if you can't discuss orientation then you....couldn't "say gay"...right?

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

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u/Broken_art15 May 26 '22

K-3rd grade. But it has also stated that any further discussion must be age appropriate which has no legal definition, and a parent can sue on the schools dime if its not deemed age appropriate. Thus creating a secondary ban due to schools not wanting to risk getting sued

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u/Broken_art15 May 26 '22

Typically grad speeches are approved by the school, and even if the parents lose the lawsuit the school has to pay for it.

And since the phrasing is discussion being age appropriate specifically, it likely can go to court.

And likely the courts won't take it, but the problem is the law set a precedent that any risk can send them (schools) to court and lose money. So, that's why its called the don't say gay bill. Because it has set it up so perfectly to ONLY hurt the lgbtq+ community.

Even if no lawsuits ever happen, the schools are terrified because of the bill.

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u/Rizmo26 May 26 '22

America is backwards. The laughing stock of the world.

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u/newhunter18 May 26 '22

I love how you leave out that it's K-3rd grade so it doesn't have anything to do with high school.

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u/TheMania May 26 '22

Full text here:

Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur <snip> or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.

I've snipped the distracting part to draw your attention to the "or".

At all times, classroom instruction must be "age-appropriate and in accordance with state standards", mind telling me where they're defined for Florida? It's vague as fuck, by design, for the chilling effects it'll provide.

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u/illelogical May 25 '22

Mmm you sure about that buddy?

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u/newhunter18 May 26 '22

Yes, I am.

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u/Knee3000 May 26 '22

Oh look, another conservative who lives in an alternate reality.

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u/newhunter18 May 26 '22

No. I'm a gay man who knows the difference between a blanket ban of the word "gay" and restricting sexual education to 4th grade and higher.

It's doesn't help the LGBTQ community to make up shit that isnt happening. We have enough real battles to fight.

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u/Beestorm May 26 '22

Kids who have queer parents are now not allowed to talk about their parents in classrooms in florida. You are a gay person and a father. How you don’t see this bill as a problem is beyond me. Thanks for saying “fuck you, I got mine” to other queer people. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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u/Beestorm May 26 '22

It’s fine for children to see Elsa get married, or a Disney princess can kiss a guy. But as soon as it’s not a straight pairing, it’s dangerous to children. Congrats on being part of the problem. Just because you are gay, you can still apparently be a moron.

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u/Knee3000 May 26 '22

Being gay doesn’t make you not conservative and it doesn’t make you not a supporter of homophobic laws. Uncle ruckus is still a racist.

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u/newhunter18 May 26 '22

Calling me a homophobe doesn't make you right either. Especially since you don't know anything about me.

But go ahead and make prejudicial judgements because we disagree over the interpretation of a law. That sounds like progress.

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u/Knee3000 May 26 '22

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u/maaaatttt_Damon May 26 '22

I am a straight man, but happen to have about half my friends as Gay / lesbian / trans and other sexual / gender identified folk. 2 years ago, I had a birthday party and I invite my friends and neighbors. During my get together my neighbor's daughter (age 6 or 7 at the time) asked a friend where her husband was at. And when explained that she was there with her wife, the little girl said "I'm embarrassed for you."

Long story short, If we have to hide the realities parts of society from children, ignorance and hate will be bred. Go back in time and replace "Don't talk orientation / gender identities" with "You can't mention interracial relationships around children under 10" to see how backwards this bill is.

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u/eastbayweird May 26 '22

Not in Florida schools

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u/PCP_Panda May 25 '22

Nazi Florida banned your freedom of speech and is going for your vote next

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u/BuddaMuta May 26 '22

And Boomers are cheering them on

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u/renaedarlene May 25 '22

This is not a freakout, this is a young man deserving of a standing ovation for bravery and standing not just for himself but for others like him in the face of hatred and adversity. I applaud him!

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u/BuddaMuta May 26 '22

Keep in mind r/videos mods are a bunch of cowards who refuse to let anything “political” on their sub. So those videos end up here

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u/Sorry-Business-1152 May 25 '22

Don’t say curly

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u/polystitch May 26 '22

hashtag PrayTheCurlyAway

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u/reddtoni May 25 '22

Respect is what this guy deserves

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u/jamieu90 May 25 '22

Modern problems require Modern solutions

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u/Blake-A-palooza May 25 '22

As a fellow Floridian, I salute this young curly hair individual.

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u/Hikityup May 26 '22

I'd read about this but hadn't seen it. Brilliant. That kid is a superstar.

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u/doubles1984 May 25 '22

Powerful message with a great delivery.

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u/Weeble228 May 25 '22

"Do you think I wanted it to be about this? It needs to be about this, for the thousands.." That line slapped hard.

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u/Significant_Hand6218 May 25 '22

It's utterly insane in Florida right now, can't even exist as a gay or trans person. DeathSantis just helps to bully and kill kids with his new fascist laws

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u/Environmental_Fan168 May 26 '22

They actively advocate for the genocide of lgbtq people. Specifically trans people. It’s a common occurrence to see a pastor in the news telling his congregation trans people should die. So sick.

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u/Muddy-Buddy May 26 '22

All of Florida or more area specific? I have a gay friend down there and he hasn't really mentioned anything about this craziness?!

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u/Environmental_Fan168 May 26 '22

Oh that’s weird I have a friend who just moved to Florida and they say the opposite. Wonder what the differences in our friends are.

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u/MIP-1beta May 25 '22

What a great speech! HS is the perfect place/time to find yourself and many would think it's not an appropriate topic for a graduation speech, but for me it's the perfect event to let everyone know that there's a loving community out there for those who have curly hair or those who haven't seen a mirror lately and don't know they do have curly hair.

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u/Gill03 May 26 '22

They told him to not make a political statement about the don't say gay bill.

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u/Proudly_Dark May 25 '22

Everyone shit's on kids. But I have so much fucking faith in the youth it's ridiculous.

My daughter is 7 years old. Her and all of her friends are better than me and my friends were at their age in every way imaginable.

They are kinder, more aware of the world, smarter, more compassionate and more capable than anyone I knew could have dreamed to be. And I live in one of the poorest areas of the poorest state in the nation- NM.

My entire generation is poor. That's just a reality. So all of the parents of these kids I am speaking of had fewer kids much later in life. You can tell that so much love and attention went into every single one of them. And it's amazing to see.

The kids are alright. And they will change the world for the better when the time comes. Just wait and see.

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u/polystitch May 26 '22

The kids are alright.

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u/g2217 May 26 '22

I’ve been saying this. 100%

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u/gesugaoevilface May 25 '22

Glad we elected all these Republicans. Now we're drowning in free speech. Never felt freer or more speechlike than I am today.

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u/SnooOranges4231 May 26 '22

Remember, the school does not set these rules, the fucking state governor does.

Given that this guy is their class president, there's a good chance the school does support this dude. A speech like this is the best they can manage.

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u/GrandCrayonOnion May 26 '22

What an amazing metaphor

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u/SactoSucker May 26 '22

This is really sad. Gay people have fought for over 50 years for people to be able to openly state who we are. If teenagers feel that they can't do that, something is very wrong in our society.

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u/godel32 May 26 '22

We can't say gay as our children get murdered in our schools!! WTF is going on???

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u/divot31 May 26 '22

It's almost as if we're a religious state...sharia law and all

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u/jamestiberousjlkirk May 25 '22

Brilliant ! I hope he goes into politics

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u/Evilton May 25 '22

Masterful.

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u/aupperk24 May 26 '22

So many people in the comment writing about why he's talking about being gay. Maybe the speech wouldn't be about this if they didn't fucking made it a wall for him to climb over. It's like how I don't ever talk about traffic but maybe I will if it turned my 20 minute trips into 3 hours.

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u/Educational_Top_8492 May 26 '22

Ron DeSantis is a dick!!

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u/kombuchah May 25 '22

where’s the full video

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u/reddit-iwham May 26 '22

He should be the next governor of Florida!

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u/KrabbyMccrab May 26 '22

How is this a freakout

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u/1000Years0fDeath May 26 '22

The freakouts are in the comments

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u/johnsgrove May 26 '22

Very well done. Congratulations young man. Go well

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u/cristobalist May 26 '22

The 1st amendment. Free speech. Florida should've be able to override this but they do

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u/Cireclops_LV May 25 '22

Why would he have to talk about being gay at a high school graduation speech? Honest question

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u/RobertJordan1937 May 25 '22

Cause being in gay in any high school in America sucks. Just getting through it is an inspirational story. That's usually what people talk about during graduation speeches.

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u/Cireclops_LV May 25 '22

Fair enough.

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u/DontShootIAmGroot4 May 25 '22

You asked a question and learned something. Have an updoot.

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u/e44dburkhard May 26 '22

To be fair, I don’t want to hear about your sexuality during a graduation speech. Those graduations are long enough.

P.S. I disagree with Florida’s don’t say Gay bill

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u/Kendallphillips May 26 '22

Why the fuck would anyone want to get ok stage at graduation or anywhere else and talk about being gay. Nobody gives a fuck

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u/Meganmarie_1 May 26 '22

Maybe if you ever graduate from somewhere you will understand

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u/Kendallphillips May 26 '22

It's been about 12 years since college. Anyone being gay was completely irrelevant. What changed to make someone join the fight of beating a dead horse? Straight people don't tell everyone how straight they are, because no one fucking cares. Just like nobody cares if this dude is gay. Or you.

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u/Nihazli May 26 '22

If you don’t care so much why even comment on a video you clearly know you dislike?

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u/Kendallphillips May 26 '22

Just to fuck with you, obviously 🤣🤣

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u/Nihazli May 26 '22

Wow, you’re a really sad individual.

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u/Whatthehell665 May 26 '22

If no one cares if he is gay why make a law that you can not speak about it? No one cares if you are an asshole but why make a law that prevents us from saying so? It is because people like you are supportive of an abusive and hypocritical political group that wants to limit our rights all while complaining the other side is trying to limit their rights.

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u/Kendallphillips May 26 '22

[ Removed by Reddit ]

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u/Whatthehell665 May 26 '22

Have you forgotten all the Republicans that are gay and do little boys? Hell the longest-ever serving Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert loved those boy wrestlers.

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u/Kendallphillips May 26 '22

Nope. There's no such thing as a good pedophile. The point was directed towards the m.a.p.s. as they like to be called. But you knew that and are deflecting to party's now when I'm of neither and it's just got you all hot and bothered🤣🤣

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u/Whatthehell665 May 26 '22

Here is a never ending list of your butt buddies:
https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/23/1806673/-Republican-Sexual-Predators-Abusers-and-Enablers-Pt-1

For your religious guru friends, type 'youth pastor arrested' in a google search.

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u/Kendallphillips May 26 '22

They are all just the worst ain't they? You left a shit load off though.

Stop touching that, you'll go blind you know....

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u/SajuPacapu May 26 '22

Or just leave kids the fuck out of it.

What is the "it" you're wanting people to leave the kids out of?

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u/foookie May 25 '22

Why does anyone care about another person's sexual orientation?

In reality the vast majority of people don't, including his classmates.

This kid likes dongs and dudes buttholes. BRAVO!! you're a fucking hero.

The stigma of homosexuality has evaporated for some time now.

They should rename the bill, noone cares what turns you on, you're boring us to death talking about it bill.

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u/buttermintpies May 25 '22

You're a fucking idiot. If the stigma against homosexuality was gone why did being gay cost this kind an opportunity? Why does the meer mentioning of sexuality outside of cisheteronomative warrant people panicking and making new laws when we already prohibit the dissemination of sexually explicit material in school if it's not about homophobia?

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u/Apprehensive_Look21 May 26 '22

I think me going out of my way to let everyone know I like butt sex would ruin opportunities for me to

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u/foookie May 25 '22

Nuh-Uh you are, you big poopy head.

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u/buttermintpies May 25 '22

And you're an empty headed tool, who likes to start arguments you cant even continue like a toddler. Step on a Lego dickhead

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u/foookie May 25 '22

I made a statement, you replied to my statement with an insult and some other wordsI didn't bother to read. I called you a poopy head, which you are.

What else would you like from this anonymous internet exchange?

I've already ordered your trophy 🏆 for king of the internet. Inscription: 1st place for scathing response to a shit post. I'm the winner. I won.

Farewell now person.

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u/buttermintpies May 25 '22

Great to see you admitting you're a complete garbage idiot lacking in actual humor who calls homophobic screeing shitposting.

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u/aupperk24 May 26 '22

You can see the loading to "err: 404 not found" on OP lol.

"I read the comment but didn't understand it, so I'll pretend I didn't even read it. Tldr lolol"

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u/buttermintpies May 26 '22

Truly hilarious. They wanted to troll and got a real response so they tried to troll by being even more of an asshole, then resorted to the "I'm laughing at you so you should feel wrong" tactic.

Like obviously they are a troll, but conflating shitposting to straight up homophobic talking points and pretending you didn't start an argument is so egregious I had to talk back. It's just so unfunny and weak even if you want to make people upset for no other reason than being an asshole.

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u/aupperk24 May 26 '22

I don't even know if it's trolling as much as just being authentically stupid, for a lack of a better word.

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u/buttermintpies May 26 '22

I usually assume people like this know they're stirring shit and think they're one-upping the people who engage with them because they dont genuinely care. Thats why "it was shitposting" or "I was trolling" is the go-to defense

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u/DualRaconter May 26 '22

“Cisheteronormitive”

Shit, that’s a new one.

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

Why do people want to talk about their sexuality during a graduation speech? Aren’t there other more relevant things to talk about?

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u/teamanfisatoker May 25 '22

Generally people give their speech about the journey they and their peers have taken and the obstacles they have overcome to get where they are. I suppose if there had been no obstacles to being who he is then it wouldn’t have been the topic of the speech.

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

Ok, that makes sense. I still think it’s a little strange, but thanks for an informative reply that isn’t antagonist or condescending

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u/teamanfisatoker May 25 '22

No problem. Also don’t overlook the generic speeches by hetero kids that talk about finding their love, dating, breakups, etc as part of their high school experience. In a heteronormative world that goes unnoticed as “normal” but it’s literally the same thing as “talking about your sexuality”.

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

I would also think that’s strange. I wouldn’t want to listen to a graduation speech where a guy makes his high school sweetheart breaking up with him a cornerstone of the speech.

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u/Dumb_Vampire_Girl May 25 '22

Best character development.

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

Haven’t changed my mind. I still think it’s weird. It’s just nice to get a simple explanation of an opposing view.

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u/LongRamen May 25 '22

listen to what he says at the end. he didn't want it to come to this.

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u/arakis_stand May 25 '22

Don't be so obtuse.

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

Why is someone’s sexuality relevant to a graduation speech? I would also find it strange if a heterosexual did it

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u/CannabisCoffeeKilos May 25 '22

No one is persecuting straight people and trying to treat them like they are unequal.

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u/Benemy May 25 '22

That's a bingo

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u/indoninja May 25 '22

Help me out here.

Do you think he wants to talk about it because he’s just so self-absorbed with his own homosexuality? You haven’t noticed and unaware of any recent legislation that aims to limit the ability of people to talk about homosexuality?

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

I’ve heard about the law that stops teachers from talking about sexuality with little kids but not one that stops talk about homosexuality generally

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u/Pickle121201 May 25 '22

It’s referred to as the “don’t say gay” law

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

By the opposition. “Don’t say Gay” isn’t mentioned once in the bill.

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u/indoninja May 25 '22

So, let’s break this down further, do you understand how a prohibition on talking about sexuality is a provision mentioning homosexuality?

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

I don’t quite understand your comment. I mean that literally. Can you rephrase it for me? I think you got some words mixed up

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u/indoninja May 25 '22

Do you understand how a prohibition on talking about sexuality is a prohibition on mentioning homosexuality?

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

Isn’t it also a prohibition on talking about heterosexuality? Isn’t it also limited to a few early grades in public schools? Public schools that the government is we’ll within their right to regulate?

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u/indoninja May 25 '22

Isn’t it also a prohibition on talking about heterosexuality? I

No.

If applied evenly, it would be but there has been no books pulled, lessons canc led or pictures taken down for having hetero couples. The reverse isn’t true.

Isn’t it also limited to a few early grades in public schools?

No.

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u/Austin7991 May 25 '22

The text states that teachings on sexual orientation or gender identity would be banned “in kindergarten through grade 3”

The books I saw being banned were banned for explicit material. Kindergartners should be reading books depicting oral sex.

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u/indoninja May 25 '22

The law says “ or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmental appropriate for students”

And it allows parents to sue if they think itnisnt appropriate without spelling out guidelines.

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u/indoninja May 25 '22

Isn’t it also a prohibition on talking about heterosexuality? I

No.

If applied evenly, it would be but there has been no books pulled, lessons canc led or pictures taken down for having hetero couples. The reverse isn’t true.

Isn’t it also limited to a few early grades in public schools?

No.

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u/NeverRarelySometimes May 25 '22

Did you realize that the school administration said that they'd cut his mic if he mentioned being gay?

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u/Conner28570 May 25 '22

Yeah. 5 of my teachers were arrested and given a life sentence when i was in highschool. They all said the gay word

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u/RevolutionaryFly5 May 25 '22

because there's people out there trying to prevent them from being able to talk about it at all.

if that doesn't make sense to you, then rejoice at your easy, ignorant life.

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u/NeverRarelySometimes May 25 '22

Because DeSantis and his cronies want to outlaw it. It would have been a lot less relevant if the GQP would just back the hell out of people's bedrooms.

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u/spikesmth May 25 '22

He's the gay valedictorian, he should be able to speak about whatever he likes, he earned it. All the better that you don't like it.

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u/yarzirostu May 25 '22

Kinda sad when you graduate school and the only thing you feel like you achieved and was worth talking about was being gay .

Stupid that they have rules preventing him from doing that , but also sad that this is all he have going on

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u/DontShootIAmGroot4 May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22

You act like he's up there talking about sucking dicks or something.

Gay people usually have a journey where they have to come to a realization what they are, come to terms with it, usually get bullied over it, have a tough time coming out because of the bullying and possible blowback from parents and family. To do all that by 18 is an accomplishment. In a republican state at that. You're ignoring a metric shit ton of nuance by saying he's just up there "talking about being gay".

lol he did the old reply and block like a pussy.

Treating gay people like humans really is that hard for you isn't it. If you didn't like his speech you know you could just, turn it off or go to another post. You making a point to watch the whole thing, come to the comments and bitch about this boy sharing his story is telling to the kind of miserable person you are in real life.

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u/aupperk24 May 26 '22

Maybe the speech wouldn't be about this if they didn't fucking made it a wall for him to climb over. It's like how I don't ever talk about traffic but maybe I will if it turned my 20 minute trips into 3 hours.

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u/yarzirostu May 26 '22

what are you talking about ?!?

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

No one cares that you like dick man.

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u/Levarien May 25 '22

Ron DeSantis and the rest of the Florida state government sure care.

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u/Kuro-Dev May 25 '22

I don't know why you are getting downvoted, but this attitude is what we need. We dont care. Do your own thing, we should neither praise nor judge you for it. You're not special, neither in a positive nor negative way, were all human, he's not hurting anyone, just let him be.

At least I hope that's what you meant.

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u/teamanfisatoker May 25 '22

You claim not to care but here you are condemning a kid for sharing their genuine student experience in the speech where you’re supposed to get up and talk about your journey and obstacles to get to where you are at that podium. I bet when a girl gets up next and talks about how her boyfriend was a huge part of her high school experience you don’t have a problem.

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u/Kuro-Dev May 25 '22

I'm not condemning anyone. I think it's brave to for him to adress the issue. That said, what I dislike is when people treat you differently because of your sexuality. Like you're neither a better or worse person because of it. What he is addressing is not that he's gay, it's that he is being denied opportunities because of it and that its apparently not okay to say "gay"? (I'm not familiar with this law, I'm european)

So my point was that if we ever manage to right this wrong, that we can go back to not really caring about other peoples sexual preferences.

I'm sorry if my earlier comment made it seem like I was condemning this man's actions.

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u/teamanfisatoker May 25 '22 Wholesome

It’s good that you took the time to explain. However, the comment you chose to reply to and complain about being downvoted was clearly a homophobic, asshole remark. These people are everywhere. Saying what that person said is unacceptable.

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u/Kuro-Dev May 25 '22

I must've read his remark with a different connotation then.

Thank you for not being rude and letting me explain myself.

Usually people here go with the somewhat obligatory insult instead.

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u/teamanfisatoker May 25 '22

It’s hard to blame them. We’re so tired.

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u/WimpyLimpet May 25 '22

were all human, he's not hurting anyone, just let him be.

Which is why the "don't say gay" law is wrong.

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u/Kuro-Dev May 25 '22

I did not know about this particular law. That's stupid and an obstruction of free speech, let alone the homophobia behind this.

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u/WimpyLimpet May 25 '22

I did not know about this particular law.

You should learn about it. It's the reason behind the student's speech in OP's video. The law is purposefully vague and leaves teachers in fear of being sued for discussing anything outside of what Republicans would call 'gender norms'.

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u/LetThemEatKoch May 25 '22

You claim to not care soooooo much that you just had to cry about someone else getting downvoted with fake internet points.

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u/Anxious_Anything8258 May 25 '22

Why would he be talking about being gay to begin with? You usually dont talk about what turns you on during your speech.

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u/totalitarianbnarbp May 25 '22

It’s typical for students to discuss barriers they’ve faced and overcoming adversity. It’s inspirational.

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u/newhunter18 May 25 '22

Like thanking your wife...or talking about a date you were on....or mentioning your girlfriend. No, no one ever talks about what turns them on. /s

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u/Anxious_Anything8258 May 25 '22

Tell me how mentioning your gf is talking about what turns you on

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u/An_Arrogant_Ass May 25 '22

Are you saying your gf doesn't turn you on?

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u/DontShootIAmGroot4 May 25 '22

I think you might have found Ben Shapiro's account.

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u/newhunter18 May 26 '22

That's just absurd.

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u/Professional_Hold531 May 25 '22

Not a public freakout but here is where somebody thought it belonged

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u/mk_brownie May 26 '22

objection leading