Welcome to Gay.com

World's Largest Gay Community. Millions of Gay Men Online!

Sign up now for FREE!

Quote of the Day: Out100 Honoree Jack Andraka Honored by Vatican

By Jerry Portwood

Photo by Danielle Levitt

When we met Jack Andraka, the gay 16-year-old science prodigy who developed an early-detection test for pancreatic and ovarian cancers, we knew he was something special. He had traveled from his home in Baltimore, Md., by train to be photographed for the Out100 and was humble when praised for his astounding accomplishments at such a young age. “I really have no clue where I want to go or what I want to be when I grow up,” Andraka told us. “I still have a lot of decisions to make. I still have to take my SAT first.”

Andraka, who many may recognize after he was featured on The Colbert Report and 60 Minutes, has now traveled to Italy to be honored by the Vatican and accept the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award, which honors young people for outstanding accomplishments. 

In a Saturday interview with WBAL, Andraka spoke candidly about being a young gay scientist“It’s really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist,” he said. “I mean this would be unheard of just a few years ago. To be part of this bridge of progress is really amazing. It just shows how much the world has grown to accept people that are gay and are LGBT. It’s really amazing.”

Andraka said he hoped to receive an audience with Pope Francis before leaving Rome Sunday; there’s no word so far on whether it took place. After his visit to the Vatican, Andraka was scheduled to go to Berlin to spend a week at the Max Planck Society, a scientific group, promoting open access to research, WBAL reports.

When we asked him why he was so open about being gay, when he could easily keep that detail private, he was blunt:

"Well, being a young gay kid, I thought was going to be horrible," he explained. "It's just, no one at these science fairs is gay, I'm just that 'weird kid.' What actually turned out was that no one really cared—that was a big eye-opener. But at the end I was very happy about it."

Here's a little of the excitement young Andraka expressed when he won first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair:

[GIF: Queerty]

Top Gay Stories view all

LoadingLoading More Guys...
Loading

Register for gay.com

Already a gay.com member? Sign in here

  • Better Profiles
  • Send Photos
  • Quickview
  • Communities
  • Status Updates
  • and more!
...and more!
Sign Up Now!

Upgrade to a premium gay.com account

This feature requires you to be a Premium Member!

Become a gay.com premium member now and
upgrade your account with the following features:

  • Access premium search features
  • Browse profiles anonymously
  • No ads!
  • Add additional photo albums
  • See who gave you "Thumbs Up"
  • and more!
Become a
premium
member now!