A Florida school last week threatened to cut a gay Class President’s mic if he mentioned his sexuality during his graduation speech. Already a veteran activist at 18, Zander Moricz got around the ban by talking about his curls ie: his not so straight hair.
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Earlier this year, Zander Moricz led a student walkout to protest Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. He is also the youngest plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the law.
He wrote on Instagram that a few days before last week’s graduation ceremony, he received a summons to the principal’s office. The principal warned him not to reference either his activism or his role in the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ lawsuit during his speech.
Otherwise, the school would “cut off my microphone, end my speech and halt the ceremony.”
Zander said he was the first openly-gay class president at the Osprey Florida school. His fellow students elected him to the position for four consecutive years — another first.
Zander said the principal’s attitude surprised him.
“He’d always been very supportive of me and my identity and I was really hurt.”
“I used to hate my curls”
But Zander Moricz came up with a work-around. During his speech he removed his mortarboard hat and pointed to his head.
“I used to hate my curls. 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.
“So while having curly hair in Florida is difficult, due to the humidity, I decided to be proud of who I was and started coming to school as my authentic self.”
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