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High School Teacher Jay McDowell Tells Teen All-Star Graeme Taylor: It’s ‘Fantastic’ To See Gay Kids Speaking Up

Graeme Taylor, the superstar gay 14-year-old with more courage than the adult administrators at Jay McDowell’s Michigan high school, has already become a member of The Awesome for his impassioned speech in front of school board for Howell High School, where Graeme doesn’t even attend. Yesterday Graeme, who attempted suicide at age 9 because of a fear of bullying, yesterday met the man in adjacent TV screens he so competently defended.

McDowell, who was suspended without pay for a day after removing an anti-gay student from his classroom, says “it was fantastic” to see Graeme’s speech. “It’s so important that our LGBT youth feel compelled to take a stand and feel that they can make a difference by speaking.”

Two fantastic Americans right here, folks.

Graeme Taylor, 14, Is Sticking Up For Michigan High School Teacher Jay McDowell. And He Is The Awesome