Indeed, these so-called “no promo homo laws” have a chilling effect in the classroom and the opposite effect of LGBTQ History Month.

I’m thinking of the story of one Texas teacher who was demoted and transferred 3 years ago for merely including a photo of her fiancée in a welcome slide presentation for the new school year.

This despite the fact that most of her colleagues did exactly the same thing with photos of their opposite-sex partners.

We have a lot of work to do! Let’s hope this month sets us on a path to doing some of it.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.