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Rachel Piette, Park HS homecoming talent show, 21 September 2011
In high school, it’s so easy to feel left out, alone, or ridiculed for who you are. If you ask me, that’s bullshit, but it’s a sad truth in life.
If you can learn to overcome the people that make you feel like nothing, you’ve got the world in your hands.
My name is Rachel Piette. I am pansexual.
I came out to my school singing this song because I don’t want to hide who I am for fear of being ridiculed or teased or bullied. I love myself, and that’s all that matters, at the end of the day.
I didn’t do this performance for me, though.
I did it for the shy kid in the back of your math class who’s too afraid to talk to anyone.
I did it for the big girl who is afraid to eat lunch at school.
I did it for the nerd who is called names and bullied because they ask questions in class.
I did it for the girl who wears too much makeup to feel pretty.
Or the girl who hides the cuts on her arms with long sleeves and bracelets.
I did it for the boy in the locker room who can’t even get dressed for gym because he’s gay and the other guys don’t want to “catch it”.
I did this for all of you. Because if there’s one kid that feels this way at my school, I want them to know it’s okay to be themselves. It’s okay to stand out and be different. There will be people in your life that support you. Could be people you know, could be a complete stranger you pass in the hallways every day. No one should feel like they’re not important.
Because you all matter, you’re all beautiful, no matter what your flaws may be.
Your flaws and differences make you beautiful, baby, so hold that head up and keep walking. <3