As part of an anti-bullying week, an elementary school teacher came out to his class. The decision wasn’t one that was lightly made, in fact the unnamed teacher discussed with Pink News his hesitation, “I’d always worried about mentioning my sexuality, despite the fact that my colleagues talked about their husbands, wives and significant others all the time.” But when the time came and with the permission from the headmaster, the teacher bravely posed a question to his classroom: he asked his class if they’d heard “gay” being used as pejorative term, and “almost every one of my class put their hands up”. The teacher also described his students reaction, “the reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc – but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson.” A couple of days after his announcement, on of his students brought to him a letter. Here’s a transcript of it, since I know the picture is quite small:
Dear Mr R—
Even though you’re gay, I will alway’s treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You’re a great teacher and these are just some of the word’s that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.
The reason why I say brave, is because you shared a personal secret, which was very brave.
You don’t have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do.
x <3 x
P.S. Mr R—, we are all proud of you.
The world is changing and I’m just glad I’m around to see it happening. We have a long way to go, but if kids like this one and teachers like this guy are around to shape the future, well I think we’ll be alright in the end.
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