Jonathan Allen, Gay America's Got Talent Contestant, Earns Standing O

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America's Got Talent has not lacked for drama early in Season 9.

Travis Pratt proposed to his girlfriend on stage. Paul Thomas Mitchell made like John Mayer and then broke down in front of the judges. Anna Christine was simply awesome.

And then last night Jonathan Allen came out, announced that his parents kicked him out on his 18th birthday for being gay, and then stunned with the following audition:

Crowed Howie Mandel:

"You seem like a good person, and you have a dream, and a talent, and your own family disowned you, but with your talent, this show has become your family, and we'd like to say 'welcome home.' We love you, we accept you, and we are so proud that you came here."

Amen, Howie. Amen.

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I'm not commenting on the Jonathan story, I'm just appalled at the vile name calling, etc. reactions below to other commentors. Why do so called 'open minded' , loving "liberal" people act with a "Mob" like mentality against comments they disagree with. It wasn't that long ago that 'Gay' & other groups were treated with the vile I read here. Expressing your disagreements with intelligence & class is a lot more powerful & persuasive. 'Free speech' does not mean only speech you agree with.

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Good luck to you Jonathon you were GREAT!

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Wow! I just heard this talented young guy sing and I have the CHILLS - what an absolutely gorgeous voice. I hope he wins the whole thing!!!!! (and his parents are really missing our cause he seems so nice, too.)

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Did the Producers of America's Got Talent check out Jonathan Allen's story before airing it or sensationalizing it??? I think NOT. I grew up in that town....i think there is a little more to being kicked out than his sexual preference...and I hate it for him family that they were humiliated on National TV with a sensationalized story that sounded better on tv.

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you can't win any war with F*ggots, folks!!

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@ abe

Abe ur an asshole

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@ abe

Hey Abe; why not trash your lame homophobic bias. Problem is your narrow mindset is fixed on judging a book by its cover. Every Straight guy and girl who appreciates true music talent can appreciate this young man Jonathan Allen' gifted talent. I thought he was awesome. And yeah! I'm Straight. Any parent who disowns and throws their kid on the street because of sexual orientation difference doesn't deserve the respected title of being called a true Father or Mother. Wishing this young man the best of luck in his endeavors.