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. I am a teacher and I am inspired! I have not found it always easy to stand up to homophobic remarks, but I have done it. I usually just want to "let it pass," but now, I will never do that again.

    Thank you young man for your inspiration

    Posted by: Doug M | Jul 27, 2011 12:07:01 AM

  2. Six million gay people every year kill themselves? No, no, no.

    In Graeme Taylor's defense, though, there was obviously a cutaway to hide editing of his speech, and the editing might just have been sloppy. But it doesn't really sound that way.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 7, 2011 12:58:00 AM

  3. gay need help i am a gay and i have a problem on my neck i need a help

    Posted by: AEel Vodounon | Oct 4, 2011 6:41:37 AM

  4. "14-year-old gay student defends teacher for ejecting intolerant classmates
    Posted by duy |
    November 17, 2010 6:31 AM | Permalink
    ''I've been in rooms, in classrooms where children have said the worst kinds of things. The kinds of things that helped drive me to a suicide attempt when I was only 9 years old.... He did an amazing thing. he did something that's inspired a lot of people. And whenever, ever I have a teacher stand up for me like that, they change my eyes. I support Jay McDowell and I hope you do too.''

    Graeme Taylor a student at Howell High School in Detroit. He was defending his teacher Jay McDowell at a public school board meeting. McDowell was suspended for a day without pay for putting two students out of his classroom. One girl had been wearing a belt buckle made to look like a Confederate flag which he reportedly asked her to remove. A second student objected to his teacher's demand asking why it was any different than wearing a gay pride flag. The second student, according to AP, then said ''I don't accept gays. It's against my religion.'' McDowell says he explained the difference between the flags' meanings, but ended up sending the student out for a one-day suspension because he was moving the conversation in a direction he did not want it to go. A third student allegedly asked to join his anti-gay classmate for similar reasons. (MSNBC / AP)"

    Posted by: vi da nam | Oct 14, 2011 10:26:38 PM

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