Originally posted by Suzianne
Couldn't have said it better myself. Intolerance should be what is not 'normal'.
While I don't think that a teacher's sexual orientation should influence one's hiring, I believe
that a school could be better off with some LGBT teachers because they could be positive
role models for LGBT students.
I knew a woman who taught dramatic arts at a private college in a conservative Christian
nearly all-white town in the United States. (Even though she's a convert to Buddhism, a
local Christian church invited her to sing in its choir because she's a quite good soprano.)
Many students in the theatre department were gay/lesbian. As about the only adult they
could trust in discussing their sexuality, she became accustomed to listening to her 'closet'
gay/lesbian students talk about their personal problems, particularly their fear that people
in their families or in the general community would discover their secrets. It was a painful
burden for the gay/lesbian students to have to keep concealing their sexual orientations.
Eventually, some people became convinced that she was a 'bad influence' upon her students
because she would not say (unlike some local Christian clergymen) that homosexuality is sinful.
Why should a private Christian college tolerate a Buddhist teacher who sympathized with
her gay/lesbian students? After losing her job, she moved far away. Before she left, many
of her students told her how deeply they would miss her and that no one could replace her.