How are you supported (or not) in your school as an LGBT person?

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My co-workers accept me. Despite our differences (I am the only gay person on staff...that I'm aware of). My kids--theoretically--don't know.

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I came out a year ago, ( late in lifer) I feel supported by most ( I honestly don’t care who supports me) I’m also leading the first ever “ Equality Club”🌈 at my high school! I have over 40 kids who attend the meetings. Our admin is AMAZING when it comes to supporting students and staff ❤️

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Supported. Everyone asks about my wife and kids, how long married, etc. Life is good!

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I am. Whew!!’

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I teach 4th and 5th grade.
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I am a very loved and "popular" teacher at school for my ability to build relationships and engage.

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Coming out in an elementary setting is different from a middle or high school setting I feel. Anyone else?

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I have a rather long question. If I run out of space, I will continue in the first comment. I sponsor a GSA. There is a trans student who is always making sardonic comments in inappropriate times. We were talking recently, and every time a student bared their soul, this kid would make a joke out of it. The students who were speaking felt that they were not heard, and all of the attention was focused on this trans student.

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Being openly gay has been the best gift I give my students. All the kids-- even the ones I don't teach-- know they can come to my room and just BE THEMSELVES for a minute or two. 🤠🤡😎👽❤️

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