Coming out of the closet can be considered as one of the bravest acts that a person can do, especially when family and friends have known them as a being straight over the years.
A video of a high school graduate in New York named Mason Bleu went viral on social media after he admitted his true identity as a bisexual during his valedictory speech. For him, that was the scariest thing he had ever done. But the fear disappeared when he heard the crowd cheering for him as he felt the love from all his classmates and friends in school.
So I came out during my valedictorian speech. It was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done but the reaction was amazing. Thank you to everyone who supported me! #Pride2019 #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/u8ih03NTJd
— bicon living (@maasonbleu) June 29, 2019
In an interview with CBS This Morning, he was asked on how did he decide about the place and the time that he would make that very personal announcement. Bleu said that when he was writing his valedictory speech, he was thinking to write about being “proud of who you were, what you achieve in high school or anything you’d be proud of. ” That was when he realized that there is something that he should be proud of which he hid it from everyone. To be talking of being proud, he felt it was hypocritical if he was hiding something that he should be proud to tell everyone.
Bleu was also asked the reason for hiding his sexuality and his main reason was that he was scared of what people would think. During his speech, he really wasn’t sure if he was really going to do it but when he got to the end, he did. He wasn’t even expecting the positive reactions of his classmates.
His mother was worried about him when he said that he would do it which made her ask: “Are you sure you want to do that?” He said that it gave him the reason to pause because he didn’t want to do anything that would disappoint her. While saying his speech, he is not even looking at the crowd because he was so scared. But then it all turned out positively.
Mason Bleu was so grateful because he did it, thankful for the positive reactions that he received, and proud to do something so brave.