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Openly Gay Teen Graeme Taylor Speaks Out for Equality

Openly Gay Teen Graeme Taylor Speaks Out for Equality

Graeme Taylor is all smiles as he chats with Ellen DeGeneres on a new episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The 14-year-old openly gay student spoke out in support of his teacher, Jay McDowell, a high school economics teacher in Michigan who was suspended without pay for a day after an incident in his classroom. Jay removed a student from his class after the student said that he did not accept gays.

Graeme spoke in Jay‘s defense at a school board meeting, saying, “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,” Graeme added. “There is a silent holocaust out there, in which an estimated 6 million gay people every year kill themselves.”

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107 Responses to “Openly Gay Teen Graeme Taylor Speaks Out for Equality”

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  1. 1
    LaTanya Says:

    I support gays and their equal rights! But I have a problem with the teacher kicking the other student out just because he doesn’t support gays. As long as there was no bullying or curse words I think everyone should be able to speak their mind.

  2. 2
    haha Says:

    he is great

  3. 3
    Laura Says:

    What a brave kid! It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you have this feeling or any other feeling, it’s your right to express it. Good for him and everyone else taking a brave step to coming out and being yourself.

    It’s a very touchy subject, whose right, whose wrong…very.

  4. 4
    hannah Says:

    I know this kid’s head and heart are in the right place but…

    “….in which an estimated 6 million gay people every year kill themselves”

    That’s obviously an extreme overestimation.

  5. 5
    Erika Says:

    hannah, how do you know that? It might be true. check it out, before you say that

  6. 6
    Sabrina Says:

    Great boy! And his teacher was absolutely right to kick the other student out for saying that he doesn’t accept gays! STOP this hatred!

  7. 7
    KNut Says:

    It is sad to see there is no innocence with youth anymore. Back when I was 14 years old, who knew what being gay/lesbian was all about and you had no clue if the kid next to you was gay or not. Therefore this behavior didn’t take place. Before long we’ll see kindergartners coming to school dressed as trannys. I don’t have anything against gays or lesbians. My point is, let kids BE kids, and bullying should not be tolerated in general whether you are gay, fat, skinny, white, black, etc!

  8. 8
    Ben Stiller Says:

    A brave young man to confess and tell the people that he is a gay; I do not see anything wrong with them. In fact, they are a jolly person, talented and so nice and easy to go along with. Though it may be hard for some parents to accept what their children are, let us accept them and love them for what they are, they need affection and acceptance only a parent can give.

  9. 9
    ColdChicken Says:

    Whatever, I support my gays! That kid is so eloquent and articulate. When I was 14 I was a dumb @$$

  10. 10
    Iffy Miffy Says:

    @KNut: Oh spare us that bs. You mean to say a 14 year old boy who is straight isn’t obsessing about girls at that age?! Of course he is. It’s the same with straight girls. So what precisely is wrong with a gay boy of that age who is aware of his preference?! I am sick of this double standard. And be sure that kids even then knew that they were gay or lesbian, only that it was even worse to come out!
    Anyway, I think he meant 6 mil world wide which makes for an interesting question. Considering we know what the penalty is in some Muslim countries or how harsh attitudes are in other underdeveloped ones, I must admit the number could be quite high. I think 6mil is an inflated number but then how about 10 000 a year? That is definitely a real possibility and that is already way, way, way too much. One is too many. It’s a long, long road ahead of us in rectifying this.

  11. 11
    cece Says:

    You cant stop hate but ppl can learn to keep comments and their personal views to themselves! Everyone is not going to like everyone but the least we can do is have respect for everyone, because when it comes down to it we are all human

  12. 12
    emma Says:

    Me too, I never knew what was gay/lesbian when I was 14 or older, is too bad kids are not innocent anymore, they grow up mentally too fast, are too aware of everything..I am so glad I never lost my innocence nd still in my 20+ I don’t know it all and do not want to. This world is getting worse by the minute.

  13. 13
    lilfel Says:

    Good for him for being brave and bringing more light to the situation. however i am curious to know the circumstances surrounding the other boy being kicked out of the class. freedom of speech is a given right to everyone (unfortunately sometimes) and everyone is entitled to their opinion. If the kid had said he didnt support christians, interracial relationships, etc would he have been kicked out still. We are a country who disagree but just because someone doesnt believe or think like you does not mean they are to be punished for it. Now if you tell me the kid was kicked out because he was being obnoxious and loud and that was one of the things he stated heck yeah i understand. Unfortunately people forget that rights go both ways and beliefs go both ways not just the way that benefits ourselves.

  14. 14
    Meghan Says:

    What an absolutely amazing kid. He is incredibly inspiring and mature. We need more people like him in our world. Equality for ALL!

  15. 15
    Laura Says:

    As more things are coming into light, kids these days are more aware of the things around them, it seems like more kids are coming out and having more opinions about themselves and those around them. It just has to do with the time you grew up in even if it was the 90s or now. More things are in the news than ever before now so I wouldn’t be surprised that kids are more informed than five years ago. The internet, TV, movies, they all change with a fever faster than anyone could imagine. You just don’t know who is changing along or faster than you.

    Knowledge is power, for sure. I rather kids now more aware of their surroundings and people talking more about important issues than keeping it all quiet because they don’t want to cause a fight or be singled out. Speak, people will hear you.

  16. 16
    sunny Says:

    This is a prime example of why I believe some people are born gay and can not choose another lifestyle. Would a 14 year old just decide he wanted to be gay and live a life full of turmoil? There are those that dabble in both being bi-sexual but I belive truly gay people can not choose this life and my heart and prayers go out to them for acceptance and love from their families. Now the bi-sexuals, or those young girls and guys experimenting, make a choice, you can’t have it all and your bound to hurt someone somewhere along the line. Hooray for that teacher that removed the other child from class!

  17. 17
    lokju Says:

    i dont belive it gays are sick!!!

  18. 18
    FREEspeech Says:

    The teacher should have been suspended. Whatever happened to free speech?

    Let’s not get tangled in all this and in the process give UP OUR RIGHTS!

    I don’t agree with bullying of any type, whether you’re gay or straight, but just because you don’t agree with gays does not mean you should be kicked out of class.

    And I’m pretty sure that number is highly exaggerated.

    Oh, and lets not forget the others who are bullied for reasons beyond their sexual orientation!

  19. 19
    KNut Says:

    @Iffy Miffy: No spare me Iffy Miffy. One of my best friends throughout jr and sr high came out her freshman year in college. She knew she was gay in jr high, but she acted like a kid, and I treated her as a friend because she was one and still is 20+ years later. She didn’t have a traumatic childhood because everyone accepted her and had many friends. Being gay or not was something we as kids didn’t really think about at all. She was treated like everyone – just a kid.

  20. 20
    Laura Says:

    @sunny: I agree.

  21. 21
    ll Says:

    strange boy.
    i hope my children wont be gay.

  22. 22
    xiz Says:

    OMG! Gay people are not born straight. They do not became gay
    The question here is coming out of the closet with 14 years! That’s completely fair once straight boys at this age are already thinking about girls and going through changes about sexuality.

  23. 23
    JJ Says:

    Shut up, @ll and @lokju !! You 2 are so closed-minded and rude. At least Graeme actually has the confidence to speak out about problems. I’m so disgusted that some people on this earth are allowed to say these things. Now go hate on someone your own age!

  24. 24
    hannah Says:


    Well seeing as how 6 million people don’t even commit suicide in a year (the average per year is 11.3 suicide deaths per 100000 people), i’d say yes, he made an overestimation.

  25. 25
    fgrd Says:

    he is openly gay bc everyone says its ok to be today. back in the day (which also there happened to be less violence and craziness than there is today…) he would have just shut up and married a woman.
    the reason why hate crimes exist and are more problematic today.
    give it up, bullying and hate against minorities will never go away. Ask Jesus.

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