#TeachPride Book Study

Fall 2019

One Teacher In Ten In the New Millennium: LBGT Educators Speak Out About What's Gotten Better and What Hasn't

Edited by Kevin Jennings Founder of GLSEN

First Wednesdays:

September 4th

October 2nd

November 6th

6 PST/ 8 PM CST/ 9 EST

#TeachPride September 4, 2019

Twitter Chat Questions & Archive

WU: Welcome to the first chat for the #TeachPride One Teacher in Ten book study. What’s your name and what is your role in education? (We welcome sharing pronouns as/if you wish.)

Q1 Kevin Jennings said his "greatest joy in editing [this edition] was its diversity...Voices that were rare or absent from the first two additions, including those of people of color, transgender people, & people from outside the United States, now make up more than half of all contributors. The spectrum of experiences and backgrounds is inspiring.” What from the introduction or this quote resonates with you? What questions or thoughts do you have?

Q2 "Coming out to my students turned out to be one of the best things I could do. For them and for me. It created a community & opened all of us up to our shared humanity." In Ch 1 Alan shares events & circumstances that led up to his coming out to students & their reaction of love and acceptance. What helped Alan feel comfortable having the option to be out to his students? How can we help all teachers have an environment where they feel comfortable to be their authentic selves?

Q3 Deidre writes in Chapter 5, “Slowly inclusion is becoming just the normal stuff.” What are things we are already doing or could be doing for LGBTQ+ teachers and students to normalize their identities in our buildings?

Q4 “No one was able to provide resources that would help me find my voice in the classroom as a gay teacher,” said Andrea in Chapter 7. What resources now exist that could help? What resources are missing that need to be created?

Q5 How does having a teacher who identifies openly as gay, queer, transgender, and/or non-binary impact ALL students?

#TeachPride October 2, 2019

Twitter Chat Questions & Archive

WU: Welcome to the second chat for the #TeachPride One Teacher in Ten book study. What’s your name and what is your role in education? (We welcome sharing pronouns as/if you wish.) - 9:00 EST

Q1: Ashok Reddy (Ch 10) shares that many of his white colleagues did not understand about White Privilege and gives an example of a People of Color Conference affinity group on LGBT that was dominated by white voices and where educators of color were overlooked. How can those of us that are white make sure we are not dominating equity/LGBTQ+ spaces and conversations?

Q2: Dominique Gerard (Ch 16) talks about devouring books and researching before coming out. “Watching these videos and reading these stories started to provide me with a template, a pattern of words that I could attach to all the crazy emotions I was feeling. Every story was different, but the recurrent themes provided so much comfort to me. In their own unique ways, every story kept telling me, ‘It’s all going to be okay.’” What LGBTQ+ book/resource would you recommend to a colleague and/or student who was looking for support besides this? What resources have helped you?

Q3: There were a few relatives of Susan Fitzpatrick Radzilowski (Ch 9) that clung to Alex’s former name. How can we help make sure deadnaming is not done in our school buildings to anyone? What systems need to be disrupted to accomplish this?

Q4: Ileana Jiménez mentions others wanting to teach power feminism and that she wanted to teach social justice feminism. This has been done with LGBTQ+ issues as well. How can we ensure we are seeking social justice and not just power? How can we make sure we are looking at LGBTQ+ issues through an equity lens?

Q5: What power dynamics exist in your classroom? What is stopping you from disrupting the traditional power norms in your classroom or building to support ALL students? What waves can you start making? 9:47 EST

Wrap up statement - . “Being an out-and-proud teacher at Solebury School has been a process, not an event, just like it is for LGBTQ folks everywhere in the world,” wrote Steven Benoit in section 11. Reading books and articles like this can cause folks to feel pressure. Don’t feel pressured. Take heed others have been where you are. Others can support you. Consider what you need from EduPrideAlliance. Let us know how we can help. Feel free to send us a DM if you would like to respond to this more privately.

#TeachPride November 6, 2019

Twitter Chat Questions & Archive

WU: Welcome to the third chat for the #TeachPride One Teacher in Ten book study. What’s your name and what is your role in education? (We welcome sharing pronouns as/if you wish.)

Q1: All of these educators in Part 3 had obstacles to overcome, but all also had some people and support in their corner. How can we help others (or ourselves) find support personally or professionally? What needs to be in place to create a safe environment from LGBTQ+ teachers from a systems or administrative perspective?

Q2: Some LGBTQ+ educators are not in an environment or position where they are safe speaking out. Often times it is less dangerous for an ally to speak up. What are situations, topics, etc. that you would like allies to be more vocal in your schools?

Q3: Part 1 - “What if I said the wrong thing? What if I were to get fired for saying, ‘No, I don’t have a wife. I have a husband!’? What if I’m accused of being inappropriate? I often think of where this unfounded fear comes from. Is it my internalized homophobia? Have I been trained to constantly be in a state of awareness and doubt?” asks Benny Vasquez in Chapter 21.”

Part 2 - What pieces of advice or wisdom can we offer to folks trying to overcome internalized homophobia? Or what is something that you struggle with internally and need a different perspective on?

Q4: Takeaways: What positive impact did these stories have? Has this book emboldened you in a way you want to share? What questions or concerns do you still have about this book or about being an LGBTQ+ educator or ally in general in 2019?

Q5: What’s next? What would you like to see EduPrideAlliance work on next in the days ahead? How can we help?