One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories

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Gay and lesbian teachers have traditionally dwelt in the deepest of closets. But increasing numbers of young people are now served by teachers who are out and proud. Here, for the first time, educators from all regions of the country tell about their struggles and victories, as they have put their own careers at risk in their fight for justice.
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Overview

Gay and lesbian teachers have traditionally dwelt in the deepest of closets. But increasing numbers of young people are now served by teachers who are out and proud. Here, for the first time, educators from all regions of the country tell about their struggles and victories, as they have put their own careers at risk in their fight for justice.
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This is a collection of more than 30 accounts by gay and lesbian teachers from schools and universities across the country. Each narrative recounts its author's experiences either as an openly gay or lesbian teacher or during the period of coming out. Specific school settings, such as the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, are mentioned. Common themes discussed are student/teacher relationships, teacher/teacher relationships, AIDS, support groups, the process of coming out, and community reactions. This book will be useful for studying the culture of schools at all levels. An appendix contains biographies of the teachers who tell their stories, a list of support groups, and, most importantly, an essay on the legal history and current state of gay and lesbian rights across the country. For most education collections.-Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555832636
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Jennings is the executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Preface 11
Prologue: A Letter to Jerry 15
I Remember 19
Skeleton Key 29
Wanda and the Wastebasket 39
Teaching with the Heart 50
"It's the Teachers! The Teachers Are Coming Out!" 54
Riding the Horse 58
No Regrets 65
I Have Come Here to Die 73
You Can't Tell by Looking at Me 78
The Life beyond the Vita 86
Shelly, Hallie, Jack, and Me 95
You Can't Tell Him I'm Not 100
Straightforward, But Not Straight 106
Out in the Country 111
I'd Rather the Honesty 117
Yes, I Am 123
Coming Out of the Cloakroom 131
One Teacher in Ten Thousand: Out in Kentucky 139
Ms. G. Is a Lesbian 147
So What Does Happen When You Answer "Yes" to the "L" Question? 156
On Being Out in the Classroom: Dilemma or Duty? 164
Say It to My Face 168
Get Over It 173
Insisting on Ignorance: The Paradox of Withholding Knowledge in Our Schools 177
Private Conversations 193
Telling Our Stories, Winning Our Freedom 200
Building a Globe in Nebraska 208
Out and Outcome 212
We Don't Have a Problem Here 219
What's a Girl to Do? 225
It's Who You Are That Counts 228
Teaching and Learning 232
Among Friends 238
Working My Way Back Home 244
Epilogue: The Question 255
Appendix A: A Legal Overview of the Rights of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teachers 257
Appendix B: Gay and Lesbian Teacher Organizations in the United States 277
About the Contributors 282
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