Attempting to pressure educators to “out” LGBT youth to their parents is not how we safeguard and protect many of the most vulnerable in our society. The only reason the “closet” exists is because of the pressure placed upon us to protect ourselves from abuse, and that includes, sometimes especially, from families who still believe in archaic practices such as reparative therapy.
We have an obligation as teachers to support and nurture our students. We have a moral and professional obligation to safeguard them from any harm, whether physical or emotional, and we can only enhance their learning and growth by dedicating ourselves to their protection; more urgently when other aspects of their lives are causing them to feel unsafe and oppressed.
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