As coming out becomes increasingly commonplace, you really have to go that extra mile to not get lost in all the streamers, confetti, and warbly Diana Ross covers. Maxwell Barrett, an 18-year-old senior at Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey, rose to the occasion well: His senior yearbook photo (which finds him dressed smartly in tuxedo and bow tie) was published alongside the following kicky quote:
“Of course I dress well, I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing.” –Anonymous
He’s quick to point out that most of his friends already knew, and, though he’d never broken the news to his parents, he could tell they suspected. “I had never done sports, or clubs. I was always just an art student,” he tells Huffington Post. “It was more of a confirmation to [my parents] than a coming out story.”
Barrett claims a yearbook supervisor was against running the quote (a slightly tweaked version of a quip he’d found online.) However, Hazlet Township Public School Superintendent Bernard Bragen couldn’t confirm whether that ever happened, telling HuffPo “my understanding is that it was never pulled.”
As for his motivations? Barrett says he simply “wanted to go out with a bang.”
He certainly managed to come out with a bang.
h/t: Huffington Post