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Valedictorian comes out as gay during graduation speech at Mormon university

Coming out of the closet is a deeply personal experience that is more often than not a source of anxiety and stress. Some of us choose to tell our loved ones when the time is right, and others have their truth exposed before they are ready.

Though the journeys may be different, it always requires a certain level of bravery to face the world after kicking down that closet door or having it be kicked down for you.

Matt Easton, a Brigham Young University valedictorian, took this bravery to the next level last week when he came out as gay during his graduation speech. “I stand before my family, friends, and graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God,” he said.

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Giving a speech in front of thousands of your peers can already be a nerve-wracking experience, but compound that with coming out as gay and the fact that his school, BYU, is a Mormon university…and wow!

Brigham Young University was founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The university policy states that “Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the Honor Code.”

Fortunately, Easton was met with applause from his fellow graduates and others attending BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences graduation ceremony.

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Easton later added on Twitter: