When I first started framing questions and thinking about this episode topic, I titled it “Sexuality”. Eventually I realized, I really was trying to explore sexual orientation and how teachers feel about it. So I retitled this and kept the content the same.
We have all heard or maybe experienced stories about teacher’s sexual orientation being exploited or affecting their job security. It might be celebrated in many parts of the world, and legal to be who you are, all the parts of you – however, somehow even in 2019, teachers everyday lives are affected by the simple act of not being heterosexual or for their personal lives becoming the topic of their workplace.
I had the pleasure of having one of my good friends talk to me about this issue. We actually even talked a bit about the Jussie Smollett scandal, which in some ways, made me want to release this earlier, but at the same time, I was a little anxious about what people would say about my thoughts on that. Hey, who knows, it’s never too late for the internet to get mad.
Some of my favorite parts of this episode:
- The amount of raw emotion and fearlessness that my guest had in sharing her experiences – things I didn’t even know about her when we have been friends and colleagues for quite some time.
- Talking about pop culture and depictions of sexual orientation / sexuality.
- Reflecting on how we, as teachers, model and influence student perspectives on aspects of identity – including, but not limited to sexual orientation.
- It is just so honest and raw, I want to keep things this way! Authentic. True. Genuine. Words! But, seriously, that’s something I want to keep no matter how long this podcast goes on.
BY THE WAY
At one point in this episode, I say about guys getting “dick mad”… I just meant that… oh well, never mind. Ask me if you’re wondering about that.
What are your experiences with sexual orientation in the workplace? Have your views evolved over time? How do you advocate for your peers and model for your students?
Let me know what you think of this episode, and keep being yourselves! I can’t wait to hear from you.
Not Your Teacher