Watch: Young Gay Student Defends Teacher At School Board Meeting

14-year-old student Graeme Taylor, who is openly gay, bravely stood up for Ann Arbor teacher, Jay McDowell at a recent school board meeting. McDowell was disciplined on October 20 for removing two students who had made anti-gay remarks in class. During his speech in support of his teacher, Taylor revealed his problems with bullying and even talked about a suicide attempt at the age of nine.

Watch young Taylor's very mature and highly inspiring speech, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Wow what a beautifully articulate young man. Good for him for standing up and supporting his teacher for doing the right thing.

    Posted by: Murray | Nov 13, 2010 6:54:57 PM

  2. Very inspirational. For once those people in power needed to listen to someone that young and so much smarter. I see a bright future for this smart young boy. He has done already more than majority of others, stood up for sth he believes. A guide line to all of us.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 13, 2010 7:01:05 PM

  3. Wow!. It's kids like this that give me great hope for the future.

    Posted by: John Patrick | Nov 13, 2010 7:02:13 PM

  4. wow.

    Posted by: suede | Nov 13, 2010 7:02:46 PM

  5. 6 million gay people kill themselves every year?

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 13, 2010 7:13:56 PM

  6. Out of the mouths of babes...

    Posted by: BartB | Nov 13, 2010 7:22:47 PM

  7. Brave kid! Keep speaking the truth

    Posted by: VAVA | Nov 13, 2010 7:31:06 PM

  8. @TANK: While I think it's unfortunate you chose to dwell on one statistic from the entire speech - I do believe if you include the worldwide community of 6 billion people, there is a large global suicide rate of homosexuals. Could be less, could be more than 6 million. We'll never know.

    Posted by: VAVA | Nov 13, 2010 7:34:18 PM

  9. Large isn't six million. And if we'll never know...why say it? I think we can know, we can guess that a disproportionate number of teens who commit suicide each year in the u.s. are lgbt..somewhere between 4 and five thousand.

    So why not just say a billion? One billion gay people killed themselves last year alone...ten billion gay people committed suicide last year. One hundred and fifty billion gay people committed suicide last year alone. Oh, and this doesn't make me a dick.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 13, 2010 7:44:26 PM

  10. This student did not only an amazing thing for himself but an amazing thing for that whole community by stepping out for this teacher! What makes you even question the fact to not punish this teacher? What did he do wrong by stopping the bullying? I find this student to be just one of the several people we need in this world to help the GLBT community!

    Posted by: Amanda Williamson | Nov 13, 2010 7:47:29 PM

  11. This is what REAL gay activism looks and sounds like, people.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 13, 2010 8:05:59 PM

  12. @Tank. You know, really. If a single human being kills himself because of bullying, it is a tragedy. What is your problem?

    You want lies with numbers? You want made up stats? Worry about your buds the Republicans and talk radio. Leave the kid alone. Get a life. You are a truly sad, disgusting feature of human life: the troll. Grow a pair and get out of your pajamas and get a freaking life.

    Posted by: Craig | Nov 13, 2010 8:13:12 PM

  13. ....God bless the child that's got his own/Billie Holiday

    Posted by: Jerome | Nov 13, 2010 8:25:43 PM

  14. Why was the teacher disciplined? Because he did what any teacher should do? Geesh what is wrong with people.
    Bravo kid!

    Posted by: IAN F | Nov 13, 2010 8:33:05 PM

  15. What an amazing young man. May he and many more like him find their way safely through life.

    Posted by: JKMnWDC | Nov 13, 2010 8:37:55 PM

  16. For being just 14 years old this kid is amazing. With more young people speaking up like this - especially with the Internet ready and willing to promote their efforts, we may just see an end to hatred and discrimination of gay people. We can only hope but people like this 14-year old are paving the road ahead. Big applause for this kid!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Nov 13, 2010 8:51:00 PM

  17. Finally, gays standing up for each other. Too bad you don't always see that here in the comment section...

    Posted by: DH | Nov 13, 2010 8:57:49 PM

  18. Ha! Tank, you're right. "This" doesn't make you a dick. "You" make you a dick.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Nov 13, 2010 9:03:32 PM

  19. I posted for the first time on this site a couple of weeks ago re: Jim Swilley. So maybe you all can help me understand something. What/who is "Tank?" My first impression is he is an obviously self-hating, uninformed fool. But my second guess is he is just a stooge straw man posting to stimulate discussion. Is he for real? If it is the latter, it is not a very effective ploy because his posts are so blatantly foolish. Just wondering what you think the deal is.

    Posted by: Philwin | Nov 13, 2010 9:07:08 PM

  20. amazing.

    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 13, 2010 9:08:13 PM

  21. Ladies and gentlemen, I have seen the future of gay America and it is frickin AWESOME!

    These kids are Amazing. How courageous, how intelligent, how articulate! They give me hope and the give me inspiration to fight another day.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 13, 2010 10:14:09 PM

  22. way to go! the student speaker and his teacher seem very special. what, a preteen got a statistic wrong/ Focus on the truth of what he spoke from the heart, and not the number/ too high approximation. LGBT youth account for a very large proportion of suicides.

    Posted by: julie | Nov 13, 2010 10:17:15 PM

  23. Tank, Just as your pants don't make your ass look fat, your fat ass makes your ass look fat; your always being a dick makes you look like a dick.

    Posted by: Jake | Nov 13, 2010 10:22:00 PM

  24. @Philwin Unfortunately, Tank is real. Self loathing hardly begins to describe what's going on there. He does seem to be intelligent. Over the past couple of weeks, we learned that he is thirty. He considers thirty to be the end of the road for gay men. He only measures his self worth in his physical appearance. He seems to ignore his intelligence, and I must admit the personality leaves a lot to me desired. It appears that the only worth he sees in other men is their physical appearance. I have never seen him mention a man's intelligence, personality, or love making ability. I fervently hope I'm wrong about all of that.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Nov 13, 2010 10:44:42 PM

  25. Lessons learnt from Glee: If you bully homosexual people, you're a closet homosexual. That is all.

    Posted by: Nic | Nov 13, 2010 11:00:35 PM

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