Voices of Diversity
Chapter 6: Sexual Orientation
By: Jessica Morris
Narrative 11: External Faces/Internal Voices
"It took me several years to fully understand that there is a difference between accepting diversity in others and accepting your own identity."
"The fact is no matter where we live, what we are taught, who our friends and family are, there is still violence and hate out there."
"My schooling may have been liberal and progressive, but the world outside is often prejudiced and hateful."
Q. 5: If the narrator had come out to her friends and teachers in your school, how would people have reacted? How would you have reacted? Why?
A: There's only a handful of students and teachers, including myself, that would be supportive and accepting of this student's sexual orientation. This topic has not surfaced at my school since I have been teaching. I believe it's for the very fact that my school is small and has kindergarten through eighth grade. All students, even eighth graders, seem to be a extremely immature in their romantic lives. If the narrator had come out I can envision a lot of "come to Jesus" meetings with not only teachers, but students and parents too. I can also envision major bullying issues in the form of gossip.