May I call our valedictorian for this year's batch, Johnathan Lemark, to come up on stage.
I want to thank everyone for gathering here to celebrate this year's batch. Well, to come clean to everyone, I am gay. And before you can say anything, I want everyone to hear my story. In the first day, I didn't know anyone since I'm a new student. And I was different for my gender. But I had found people who respected me for who I am.
Society didn't accept me when I first came to this school. I was alone eating in the canteen table. Everyone was talking about me because they knew that I was gay. Until these people became my first few friends
Mind if we join in?
They accepted me for who I am and took patience with me, and they always have my back no matter what.
How do you do this math homework? I don't get it.
It's a factorial. You multiply it.
And they support me through my victories and failures.
Don't mind them, they're just jealous that they don't have a good friend as you.
Class, be quiet!
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And from there, I realized something. Whenever I'm with my friends, we celebrate the humanity of our differences; how we were made differently. Not only our gender, but also our achievements and goals. It may be small but I know where I belong. If it weren't for my friends, I wouldn't be on this stage. But from here on now, I want all of us to make a difference, reach out to the LGBT like me who are lost in society. Lend them a hand to find where they belong. Be the change you want to see