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ERIC Number: ED431715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 24
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Stories of Courage and Hope: Gay and Lesbian Catholic Elementary School Teachers.
Litton, Edmundo F.
This paper presents the stories of gay and lesbian Catholic elementary school teachers. Through interviews and dialogues at social gatherings, these teachers shared their fears, hopes, and strategies they used in order to be able to truly live in the context of the Catholic elementary school. All of the participants had taught only in Catholic schools for their entire teaching careers. Results indicated that the teachers had come to accept the oppression and were working with the system, as opposed to against the system, to create a more inclusive school environment that truly echoed the gospel message of loving one another. Catholicism was an important factor that influenced their choice to work in Catholic schools. Participants acknowledged that they continually experienced a conflict between their religion and their lifestyle. They did not feel safe to come out to their students, though they acknowledged there would be some benefits to doing so. They did not believe that their administrators would support them if they came out. Participants had at least one confidant who knew explicitly that they were homosexual, and most felt that many of their colleagues knew. They believed that they had to work harder than their heterosexual colleagues and be model teachers so it would be more difficult for the administration to dismiss them. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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