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Tom Greene is a history teacher at Chaple Hill High School in North Carolina

Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” which forbids elementary and middle school teachers from talking about homosexuality in any fashion in the classroom, has brought back the debate about whether K-12 educators should be out to their students.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 recently featured a segment titled “Should Gay Educators Come Out In Class?” Steve Perry, CNN’s Education Contributor and principal at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., interviewed two gay teachers in North Carolina (Tom Greene from Chapel Hill High School and Danielle Riley from Jordan High School) about how they cope with the issue. He also speaks with Robert McGarry from GLSEN (Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network).

You an see the segment below. It’s pretty short and doesn’t really get at the meat of the issue, but it does showcase a problem that many don’t realize is faced everyday by LGBT educators.


Comments on: "CNN: Should Gay Educators Come Out In Class?" (2)

  1. I find it ironic that Anderson Cooper is doing a news story on whether people should come out in their profession, do you? 😉

    On a more serious note, I think it should be completely up to the individual. Personally though, I don’t feel as though we live in a world where I — if I were a teacher — would feel completely comfortable coming out to my class for a number of reasons that simply highlight the fear that still permeate parts of our society.

    • Hey Cory! Thanks so much for reading and thanks for your comment. I completely agree. And thanks for subscribing! (I love Castro Street by the way)

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