Maxwell Barrett wanted to come out “with a bang,” so he waited to share a favorite quote of his in his high school yearbook.
“Of course I dress well, I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing,” wrote the clever 18-year-old senior at Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey.
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— Maxwell Barrett (@maxxbarrett) June 9, 2015
“I wanted to go out with a bang,” Barrett told The Huffington Post. “I had never done sports, or clubs. I was always just an art student. I wanted to go out in a way people would remember me by!”
Barrett said he was “out” as gay to most of his friend, although he had never officially told his parents because he could tell they already had a clue.
“It was just more of a confirmation to [my parents] than a coming-out story,” he said.
“[My parents] said it was the best one in the yearbook and that they were proud of me,” Barrett said.
The quote was a hit amongst his classmates and even had teachers pulling him aside to congratulate him and comment on the quote.
— Maxwell Barrett (@maxxbarrett) May 2, 2015
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— Maxwell Barrett (@maxxbarrett) May 12, 2015