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ERIC Number: EJ932788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
"My Teacher Is a Lesbian": Coming out at School
Sokolower, Jody
Rethinking Schools, v25 n2 p30-33 Win 2010-2011
It is not easy to "come out" as a teacher, particularly at the middle school level. The overwhelming reason to come out is to make school a safer place for youth who know, think, or fear they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Adolescence is hard enough without positive role models for every aspect of who one is or is striving to become. Having it out in the open makes it easier for kids struggling with their own sexuality, but it also makes it easier for kids with lesbian/gay parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. It also is an important piece of education for students who are being raised in homophobic families or communities. Coming out can protect lesbian or gay teachers, too, in many situations. This article discusses the author's adventures of being an "out" teacher and provides some suggestions for deciding if and how to come out to students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California