Haha, thank you. I was worried that it wouldn’t be…useful? The post I mean. But I thought about it and realized that I didn’t want ANY student to feel the way I did back then, and that we can talk about these things now, or should be able to at least.
And…I don’t know, hearing that other people I interact with share this same double life (because it is still not ok, at least on the elementary level, to be a teacher and to be openly gay — not that one speaks about these things with their students, but where some teachers talk to their students about spouses I might have to talk about my brother or cat, and don’t even start with the teacher’s lounge) is thrilling and reassuring.
Have you read One Teacher in Ten? I only saw it for the first time a year ago — and it was the first time I even considered that other teachers might be LGBTQ. It seems silly and completely illogical now that I write it but at the time I really did feel like the only one.