Gay High School Valedictorian Finally Delivers Speech He Was Denied

Nat Werth spoke at PrideFest Milwaukee

Nat Werth, 18, recently graduated as valedictorian at Sheboygan Lutheran High School in Wisconsin. Yet when Werth turned in a draft of his speech to school administrators, they stopped him from speaking at the ceremony, NBC News reported.

Werth claims they did this because he revealed he is gay in his speech.

Catching the attention of PrideFest Milwaukee, the city’s annual pride celebration, Werth was invited to deliver its keynote speech, as well as receive the Valor Award, which is given to an LGBTQ youth who has shown courage in the face of obstacles. Werth took the stage at PrideFest to share his speech for the first time since being denied the chance at graduation.

When reached for comment, Sheboygan Lutheran High School told NBC's "TODAY" show they “do not discuss student/family issues with the media. They are handled confidentially with each family.”

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