Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire

Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire

Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire

Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire


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Gerry Crane had hit his stride. A talented high school music teacher, he was loved by students and parents-lauded as one of the best teachers at his school. Gerry had reconciled his conservative religious upbringing with his identity as a gay man, finding an affirming spiritual home in a local church. He enjoyed a close circle of loving friends and had found the love of his life. In October 1995, Gerry and his partner exchanged vows in a private commitment ceremony.

By the time Gerry returned to work the following week, word had spread that he had married a man. The once loved teacher was vilified. Parents removed their children from his classes. Most of his colleagues ostracized him. The school board publicly declared that "individuals who espouse homosexuality do not constitute proper role models as teachers" and pledged to investigate and monitor Gerry. Ministers and churches joined the fray, proclaiming contrasting views about Christianity and homosexuality. As these events unfolded under the glare of the local and national media, Gerry's life became agonizing.

Disturbing and deeply moving, Private Love, Public School recounts the true story of what happened when members of a midwestern community demanded that their religious beliefs be imposed on a public school-and the school followed suit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735237107
Publisher: Penning History Press, LLC
Publication date: 12/24/2020
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 286,421
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Christine A. Yared is an attorney, writer, educator, and activist. For over thirty years Christine's work has centered on LGBTQ+ legal, political, and social issues. Christine has taught about and fought against discrimination based on LGBTQ+ identity, gender, race, ethnicity, and against sexual harassment. Her cases and advocacy have been covered by numerous media outlets. She resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jay Kaplan has been the staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project since its founding in 2001. Jay was one of the ACLU attorneys who represented Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman, whose case resulted in the 2020 landmark decision, Bostock v Clayton County, which prohibits employment discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Jay was honored with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award from the Michigan State Bar and the 2010 Virginia Uribe Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association (NEA).

Table of Contents


Author's Note



1 Signs

2 First Notes

3 Connections

4 Confidentiality Is Appreciated

5 Ring

6 Don't You Quit

7 Inescapable

8 Escalation

9 Time

10 Lyrics

11 Collective Musical Hug

12 Broken Heart

13 Tender, True, and Brave

14 Trash

15 Aftermath


Appendix A

Appendix B



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