Jacob Rudolph, the Princeton High School in New Jersey senior who came out during a class awards ceremony, has said his classmates have been supportive.

In accepting an award for “Class Actor” in front of 300 of his fellow classmates, Rudolph announced that he's LGBT.

“I would like to thank everyone for voting me Class Actor,” Rudolph said. “Sure, I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly I've been acting every single day of my life.”

“You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me acting every day, you see me acting the part of “straight Jacob,” but I'm actually an LGBT teen – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.”

Rudolph's classmates greeted his announcement with a standing ovation.

During an appearance on MSNBC, Rudolph told Thomas Roberts that the response has been mostly supportive.

“I've received countless Facebook messages from people I've never met before in my life – internationally even – congratulating me for what I did, saying how much they respect me and how brave it was for me to do what I did,” he said. “But I just have to reiterate that it wasn't really for me at that point, it really was for everybody else in the LGBT community.”

He added: “My high school has been nothing but supportive. I can't thank them enough for that.”

(Watch the segment at MSNBC.)