Twenty completely new stories of negotiating the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT educator in the twenty-first century
Product Code: 6454
ISBN: 9780807055861
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 08/25/2015
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.00

For more than twenty years, the One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source of strength and inspiration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators.

This all-new edition brings together stories from across America—and around the world—resulting in a rich tapestry of varied experiences. From a teacher who feels he must remain closeted in the comparative safety of New York City public schools to teachers who are out in places as far afield as South Africa and China, the teachers and school administrators in One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium prove that LGBT educators are as diverse and complex as humanity itself.

Voices largely absent from the first two editions—including transgender people, people of color, teachers working in rural districts, and educators from outside the United States—feature prominently in this new collection, providing a fuller and deeper understanding of the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT teacher today.

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Prologue: Forget the Rest
Mzoli: Cape Town, South Africa


1. Coming Out for Owen
Alan Yount: New York, New York

2. Back to School
Philip de Sa e Silva: St. Paul, Minnesota

3. Teaching Trans
Ryan Ambuter: Holyoke, Massachusetts

4. Everyone Knows Now
Carmen Neely: New York, New York

5. Just the Normal Stuff
Deidre Cuffee-Gray: Springfield, Massachusetts

6. Yankee in the Southland
Patty Smith: Petersburg, Virginia

7. Saving My Voice
Andrea Fazel: Sacrament, California

8. Two Teachers in Twenty
Elisa Waters and Joey Waters: Long Island, New York


9. A Mother’s Journey
Susan Fitzpatrick Radzilowski: Detroit, Michigan

10. Gay and Brown in Private Schools
Ashok Reddy: Anytown, California

11. Many Strands, One Thread
Steven Benoit: Basking Ridge, New Jersey

12. Coming Out at Fifty
Garth Zimmermanm: Appleton, Wisconsin

13. Finding a Way and Making One: Coming out Brown, Feminist, and Queer
Ileana Jiménez: New York, New York

14. Visibility
Erika Cobain: Saratoga, California

15. My Story of Self-Identity
Michael Chan: Fuzhou, China

16. How Far “Out” Do You Have to Be?
Dominique Gerard: Montclair, New Jersey


17. Teacher of the Year
Brett Bigham: Portland, Oregon

18. The Advocate
Esih Efuru: Charlotte, North Carolina

19. Good Enough?
“Mr. G”: Bronx, New York

20. There Is Uncertainty, but There Is Also Hope
Sophie E. Gilbert: Riverdale, California

21. Questions to Self: Being a Queer Latino Educator
Benny Vásquez: New York, New York

22. We’re Not Nearly There
Duran Renkema: Rotterdam, Holland

Epilogue: Polishing Up Our Schools
Rodney Glasgow: Potomac: Maryland

“There’s no better way to show how far we’ve come—and how far we have to go—than through personal stories, and this diverse collection of stories is particularly powerful. One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium is a must-read for teachers who are struggling to seek acceptance personally and professionally. Jennings explores new frontiers in LGBT education, giving us a real flavor of the experience of being an educator in the 21st century.” —Bob Chase, past president of the National Education Association

“Growing up gay isn’t easy for anyone, but Kevin’s stories show the power of unwavering hope and resilience in the LGBTQ community members working inside our schools. As a gay woman and union leader, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my union—an ally in the struggle for rights and a shield from unfair discrimination in the workplace. Kevin’s acknowledgement that unions embolden openness and openness boosts acceptance demonstrates his deep understanding of the educator community, their personal challenges and how things can get better when they embrace their identities.” —Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium is both informative and deeply inspiring, adding many important voices to previous groundbreaking volumes. These diverse and powerful stories run the gamut of LGBTQ experiences today, giving us a broad outlook on our triumphs as well as the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.” —Michelangelo Signorile, author of It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality

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