We can no longer be quiet on matters that involve the well-being of our students. Which is why we must openly support the LGBT cause in our classrooms, because it will save lives. I am asking -- pleading for my fellow educators [especially straight educators] to no longer be a silent supporter in this matter.
A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. The memoir follows Bechdel's relationship with her closeted gay father, who committed suicide after the then-19-year-old author came out to her parents as a lesbian. It's a tough story to read, no doubt, but it's a reality that many LGBT people face.