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Valedictorian Who Wasn’t Allowed to Say ‘Gay’ During His Speech Came Up With a Creative Solution

What a brave man he is.

It's incredibly disappointing to think that, in 2022, a valedictorian would be barred from using the word "gay" in his speech as he graduated high school, but here we are. This story is just proof of how much farther we have to go.

But this brave graduate, Zander Moricz, decided to find a loophole in that policy when he wrote his speech, and it turned out to have a huge impact on not just his school, but the world. In his speech, Zander used a different phrase to talk about being gay — instead, he talked about his curly hair. And in the process, he managed to make a speech that went totally viral.


"I used to hate my curls," he said in his speech. "I spend mornings and nights embarrassed of them trying desperately to straighten this part of who I am. But the daily damage of trying to fix myself became too much to do." 

He went on to say that while it's difficult to have curly hair in Florida, where he lives, he still wanted to come to school and be proud of who he is.

Zander then urged people to help make sure the "thousands of curly haired kids" who live in Florida are more comfortable being who they are. Truly amazing! 

So many people commented on the TikTok to share how much they related and were touched by Zander's speech, and surely this is only a fraction of the people he was able to reach aside from his own classmates.

With people like Zander growing up and going out there into the world, it looks like the future is truly in good hands.