Jacob Rudolph, 18, of Parsippany, NJ, was voted Class Actor by his classmates at Parsippany High School. Accepting the honor, Rudolph told a crowd of 300+ students, plus parents and teachers, that he's been acting the part of a straight person who is actually an LGBT teen. In a video posted on Facebook and YouTube by his supportive father, Jonathan Rudolph, the teen told a cheering audience, "It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are." Watch this inspiring video:
RUDOLPH: "Sure, I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I've been acting every single day of my life. You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of 'straight' Jacob, when I am in fact an LGBT teen-- lesbian gay bisexual transgender. Unlike the other millions of other LGBT teens who've had to act to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I'm not going to do it anymore. It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are... So take me or leave me or move out of the way, because I am what I am, and that's how I'm going to act."