I hated dealing with those situations and the conversations that ensued. That moment made every moment of my struggle worthwhile. My district had sought to silence me. I was ordered not to say I was gayI was told I could not write or speak anything unless the district approved of my words in advance and I was told I would bring all personal mail from home for them to open and read. Summer is a time for trying new things. I knew that an openly gay Teacher of the Year would send messages to young people like my friend.
As educators and community leaders, we must create an environment where everyone, teachers and students, feels safe to be themselves.
She was shy and had a hard time making eye contact. A friend had invited him for a visit to Palm Springs last November. The conversation continued and I disclosed that I was married to a woman. I hope your workplace is a safe one.
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