A space for sharing stories, ideas, and concerns for the SUNY LGBTQ2AI community.
“It went from idea, to discussions, to a NYSUT resolution, and finally to a face-to-face meeting: 20 union members of a new task force met this past weekend to share stories and begin determining the best way to educate peers and advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer colleagues.
“Their task, as set out by a 2013 NYSUT resolution from the Representative Assembly, is to examine the atmosphere toward LGBTQ people in education, which has too often included bullying, exclusion or derision, creating anxiety and secrecy.
“Members of the task force include teachers, higher ed faculty, retirees, school librarians and school psychologists, and their enthusiasm for their new roles was tangible as some educators revealed how their personal situations are often hidden and sometimes ridiculed. They came to their first meeting prepared with ideas for change and left the meeting room buzzing with the sound of their voices, so often suppressed.
“‘Teachers would come up to me and say, ‘What are you doing for teachers? I’m being bullied, I’m being harassed,'” said Melinda Person of NYSUT’s Legislative Department.”
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