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Good day to all,
I’m a 38 year old learning specialist in NY, NY.
I’m Out at work and have been for many years now. It certainly wasn’t easy. I remember a good many red-faced *almost* declarations, considerable overstating and a LOT of thinking and thinking and thinking again. Goodness knows how I had time to do my job, in retrospect!
My question is this: Does the issue of educators coming out of the closet pose a particular case, or do you think it’s better considered as just part of a general trend of increased openness in our society at this time?
It seems to me that the perceived risks as an educator are pretty big, as we still seem to come across very many people who persist in wantonly confusing sexuality and pedophilia *shudder*. At the same time, among the potential results of Out Teachers is a student body that easily recognizes gay role models who are at ease with themselves and each other. I believe this to be of enormous import, but remain unsure how much of this should fall on the shoulders of individual teachers.
Very much looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts!
Regards to all,