Our First Hero

Graeme Taylor Sprigeo Heroes ProjectHi, Iʼm Graeme Taylor. You might know me from my appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am a 15-year-old boy who lives with his father, mother and sister in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

No one should have to wake up in the morning and go to school worrying about being bullied. I believe that if a childʼs life is being made miserable by another in school, it is up to each student and educator to do whatever it takes to stop the bullying.

I happen to be gay, and youʼve probably heard about the suicides of gay or perceived- to-be gay youth who have been bullied. It is a heartbreaking epidemic that could be stopped cold today if kids chose to respect each other regardless of their differences.

I invite you to join me in imagining a world that is smarter, safer and kinder for EVERYONE!

Thatʼs why I am encouraging you and your friends to ask yourselves this question: How can we help?

The answer is found in action. Be a leader and propose to the educators at your school you want to create or improve anti-bullying strategies.    There are plenty of resources and ideas waiting for you, but you have to take that first step.

When should you begin?

One of my personal heroes is Anne Frank, and she said it best: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Wishing you a safe journey,

Graeme

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