Mitch Anderson said he was bullied in school but has been hugged and supported in the days since his coming out, the Daily Mail reported.
"I feel the moment has arrived for me to be publicly true to my personal identity," he said during his commencement speech to a Belton High School crowd. "After I had realized I was gay, I hated myself. I wished and prayed endlessly that I could just go on with life normally, that I could be like everyone else. Being different felt like a curse."