randallh227 asked: I've been thinking about this for a while and I've come to the point where I've formulated a bunch of pros and cons for doing this and I thought that it would be a good idea to message an educational blog and get perspectives from actual teachers. I am LGBT and want to be a high school teacher. My question is: would it be a good idea to come out to my students or not?
Aaaaaaand while I do sponsor an LGBT club, I’m going even going to try to lend my straight voice to this discussion.
I’m going to throw this out to my LGBT readers to pipe in. I have some LGBT teacher followers that are out, so they can share their experiences.
Go, LGBT readers, go!
Cross posting to my main blog.
I really think this is dependent on a few issues. The first and foremost issue is whether or not this will impact your employment, and the reason I say that is because while having QUILTBAG kids seeing representation in the adults in their lives, having a progressive voice inside the institution to interact with every day is probably a lot more important of a long term goal. Particularly in districts where being out does act as a jeopardy, they probably would benefit from you using your influence as a teacher to make positive changes.
Also, I think that your students really shape this question. Do you teach seniors, and would mentioning a same-sex significant other be topical? Probably pretty easy. Probably okay. It’s more complicated with younger students, who may have no business knowing those things. I am of the attitude that your life outside of teaching should be brought into the educational experience, but for the sake of the students who might be confused or feel awkward, it should be done tactfully and in a way that seems relevant.