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Years ago, I was on the board of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, better known as GLSEN. One of our tasks was to do a School Climate Survey to see if and how a school dealt with LGBT issues. I went to my old high school and spoke to the then principal. One of the survey questions was, “Do you have any openly gay teachers?” To my surprise, he answered, “Oh yes, I think we have a few!” Stunned, because it was a school in a very conservative area, I responded, “Wow! That’s great that gay students have someone they can talk to.” He stammered, “Oh no, we don’t have any gay students at this school, and we certainly wouldn’t let any teachers talk about it. We wouldn’t want them flaunting their sex lives.”

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