Valedictorian's mic cut during graduation speech while talking about being part of the LGBTQ community
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PHILADELPHIA — A South Jersey valedictorian had his microphone cut out and his notes crumpled on stage by his principal during his high school graduation speech when he began to touch on his experience as a member of the LGBTQ community. Bryce Dershem, who graduated from Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees on June 17, had begun to discuss self-discovery when he mentioned coming out to his family and classmates in the ninth grade. "After I came out as queer freshman year, I felt so alone. I didn't know who to turn to for support," Dershem said, just before his microphone was cut., Dershem,...