LGBT Educators

Have you felt the need to come out to show advocacy and diversity in your classroom? Even if you’re totally comfortable in your personal life, do you feel this need to be out and be an ally?

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During ally week, a student asked what is purple day? I answered. He said- I don’t support gay people. I said, careful what you say, as you don’t know who is in this classroom who might be gay. He said “there aren’t any gay people in here” and I said I AM GAY AND I SUPPORT YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK. the room was very quiet and then the other students started clapping and then had a bunch of questions for me. That wasn’t how I was expecting to come out to my class, but that’s how it went down 🌈

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I am out to my peers and administrators in my district. I advocate for all students and have created a safe place in my room and I am very vocal about inclusive language. I have not openly come out to my students but I feel as though they know. I do feel as though openly coming out would benefit my students

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I've been teaching high school fine arts classes for over 26 years and have been out to my administrators, colleagues, students and parents since day 1. I've been a positive role model in the classroom for my students and have made a safe place as much as I possibly could. I've experienced very few negative actions and reactions over the years, and I find that students are becoming more open, understanding and accepting every year.

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I wish I could. I wish I felt safe to

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I'm not open, only to a few teachers. My superintendent is openly hostile to LGBTQ people so I don't feel safe doing it. I did get a new job, making a move this summer so I'm hoping they are more inclusive there.

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In my space, I don't think that would be safe for me...

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I do feel the need, but I’ve never felt safe enough before this year. A large part of that is everyone knowing the art teacher is gay for years and years. I want to be the person my students can talk to about anything that I had when I was younger.

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