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In Appreciation: Watch 14-year-old Graeme Taylor [UPDATED] In Appreciation: Watch 14-year-old Graeme Taylor [UPDATED]

In Appreciation: Watch 14-year-old Graeme Taylor [UPDATED]

by Amanda M. Fairbanks

November 19, 2010

When the history books get written and the more courageous men are separated out from the less courageous ones, 14-year-old Graeme Taylor deserves a place among the former.

The openly gay teen recently addressed a local school board meeting in Howell, Michigan, where he came to the defense of Jay McDowell, 42, a high school economics teacher, who, in the words of Taylor, "finally stood up and said something." McDowell had been suspended without pay after telling a student making anti-gay remarks and another wearing a Confederate flag to get out of his class.

Taylor, whose remarks have been viewed on YouTube more than 30,000 times, went on to say: "I've been in classrooms where children have said the worst kinds of things things. The kinds of things that drove me to a suicide attempt when I was only nine years old.''

At the young age of 14, Taylor combines the ingenuity of the It Gets Better campaign with local, civic activism. Bravo.

Via Livingston Daily and Gawker TV

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In Appreciation: Watch 14-year-old Graeme Taylor [UPDATED]