Teen Comes Out With a Bang in Yearbook Quote

Teen Comes Out With a Bang in Yearbook Quote

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How wonderful to be able to barge out of the closet loud and proud. Which is exactly what Maxwell Barrett, 18, a senior at Raritan High School in Hazlet, N.J., did when he chose his senior yearbook quote:

"Of course I dress well, I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing."

And true to his billing, his senior picture shows a dashing young man in a suit jacket and a bow tie, certainly dressed even better than "well."

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After tweeting his yearbook photo, Barrett became an internet inspiration to LGBT youths, and told Today.com how he chose between fear and pride:

"The quote I had found on Tumblr while scrolling through my feed one day. I changed a few words to fit the criteria of what I wanted to say in my quote. I was wavering between another quote about fear, but I chose the one about being gay to show those that I am proud to be me."


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Though he had already come out to close friends and family, he had yet to tell his parents, and his senior yearbook quote was his way of doing so. He told the Huffington Post, "They said it was the best one in the yearbook and that they were proud of me."

Congratulations to Maxwell Barrett. You certainly came out with a bang.


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