Summa Cum Laude

“It isn’t noble to be different. I’m not a hero because I’m who I am any more than I should be the target of hate for being me.”

He pushed at an errant curl. He had argued with his mother about the length of his dress . . . more out of habit than any difference over what was appropriate for a graduation speech.

“Our society wants everything to fit neatly on a spectrum with one end being preferred over the other. The fact that I’m different from many of my classmates doesn’t make me better or worse . . . just different.”



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