Monday, November 22, 2010

Graeme Taylor - you are an amazing kid!

This 14 year old kid first became a YouTube sensation when he gave an impassioned speech at a school board meeting in defense of a teacher who had been suspended for kicking out a kid for anti-gay remarks (the video clip that captured this went viral but sadly is no longer available). Here is part of that brave speech:

"I've been in classrooms where children have said the worst things. The kinds of things that drove me to a suicide attempt when I was only 9 years old. These are the things that hurt a lot. There is a silent holocaust out there, in which an estimated 6 million gay people every year kill themselves. He did an amazing thing. He did something that inspired a lot of people."

Graeme is openly gay and so inspiring. So inspiring in fact, Ellen had him on her show:

I dream of the day when every kid, gay or straight, fat or skinny, glasses or no glasses, jock or bookworm, etc. can be as comfortable with who he is as Graeme Taylor.

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