“When I was sixteen years old, I tried to kill myself. I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I didn’t belong. Now I’m standing here. So I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different.” Graham Moore, winner of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Imitation Game.
Nobody thinks this Graham Moore is weird anymore. At that moment, which was entirely his, when he had an audience bigger than he could ever have conceived of in his life, a billion people around the whole globe, he remembered the gay kid out there who thought she was weird and different and didn’t belong, who thought she would kill herself. Graham Moore told her, “You do belong.” Then he said the clincher. “Stay weird. Stay different.”
Go back and see The Imitation Game again, and remember that it was a weird gay kid who didn’t belong who wrote it. Stay weird. Stay different. Please