THE LAST CLOSET: THE REAL LIVES OF LESBIAN AND GAY TEACHERS

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Cloth Edition. By making the voices of gay and lesbian teachers audible to the American public, Kissen contributes to the growing national effort to make schools safer for these teachers and students.

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Rita M. Kissen is an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Southern Maine.

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Kissen interviewed 105 lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers, counselors, librarians and administrators in public and private schools from Oregon to Massachusetts, encompassing preschool to senior high. As her survey reveals, gay educators are still widely harassed, pressured to resign or fired outright solely because of their sexual orientation. Her respondents voice their desire to be open and authentic with students and colleagues, but many or most remain closeted, often even constructing an imaginary hetero existence to preserve their safety. Kissen, who is heterosexual and an associate professor at the University of Southern Maine's College of Education, began her research after her lesbian daughter became a high school English teacher. She found the interviewees to be conscientious, competent professionals, many of whom counteract isolation through support groups and networks of friends, or by joining the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network, the first national gay teachers organization. A unique resource for teachers, parents and administrators who want to challenge homophobic stereotypes and improve the lives of gay and lesbian educators. (June) FYI: June is Gay Pride Month.
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