Openly gay Ann Arbor teen's defense of Howell teacher gains national attention
A video of an Ann Arbor teenager defending a Howell teacher has gained national attention and thousands of page views after several websites linked to it, the Daily Press and Argus in Livingston County reports.
Also, this morning Graeme Taylor, an openly gay student from Ann Arbor, and the teacher appeared on MSNBC, the newspaper said.
Taylor, 14, spoke at the Howell school board meeting Nov. 8, in defense of Howell High School teacher Jay McDowell. The district suspended the teacher for one day without pay after McDowell dismissed a student from class who said homosexuality is against his Catholic religion, the Press and Argus reported.
The school board is holding a forum tonight for people on both sides of the issue to express their views, the newspaper reported.
The Daily Press & Argus produced the video that several prominent wesites have linked to, including Gawker and New York Magazine. Blogger Perez Hilton also linked to it, and it was featured this morning on the It Gets Better Project website, which seeks to show teens positive images of openly gay youths.
- Read the Daily Press & Argus article about the video and MSNBC appearance.
- Read the Daily Press & Argus article about the forum.