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.