One Colorado Statement on Twin Peaks Charter Academy Investigating why Valedictorian was Prevented from Giving His Graduation Speech

June 2, 2015

One Colorado released the following statement from Executive Director Dave Montez on today’s decision by the Twin Peaks Charter Academy School Board inLongmont to investigate the circumstances that led to the school preventing the valedictorian, Evan Young, from giving his graduation speech because he disclosed that he was gay in it.

“Not only was Evan denied the opportunity to address his class as its valedictorian, he was also denied the opportunity to come out to his family on his own terms by his principal.

“Outing someone to their family without giving them the chance to initiate that conversation is dangerous and can lead to terrible repercussions for LGBT young people.

“We are glad to see Congressman Polis take the school board to task, and we hope the board will fix its policies to make sure these things don’t happen in the future.”