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If I’d found this article before now, I certainly would have posted it on Thanksgiving. Lo and behold, the writer of this column reminded me that you can be thankful for what you have — and what kind of world you live in — any day of the year.
In short, this entry on a blog called The Wisdom of Zen is about a middle school teacher coming out to his students for the first time during a conversation about bullying and LGBT people. An excerpt that will hopefully make you want to read the whole thing:
“You may not think you know any gay people but there are kids in your class who are gay. They might not have told anyone, but they know. And when you go into the high school, or college, or the workplace when you’re an adult, you will know gay people. They are everywhere. There are thousands and thousands of gay people in the world.”
Then I realized I was talking about these “gay people” as if I wasn’t one of them, and I decided, in a split second, that the time was now, and I was going to tell them. Now is the time, I thought. Here is your opportunity.
“You may not know this,” I said, “but I’m gay.”
The reactions he gets from his students and coworkers are heartwarming and even inspiring. The support all around him is incredible. Read this short piece and you’ll have a better day. Trust me.
While I was watching this, it struck me that some of the children (honestly, they’re children) who have taken their own lives recently because they were bullied and gay were only a few years older than my current students. It breaks my heart.