A nine-year-old apparently wrote an acceptance letter to her “great, amazing, brilliant and brave” teacher who shared with his class that he was getting married to a man.
The teacher told his class about his sexuality to demonstrate issues that could be brought up during anti-bullying week. Speaking to PinkNews the unidentified teacher said, “I’d asked who’d heard ‘gay’ being used as an insult. Almost every one of my class put their hands up. I was stunned,
“Then I asked who thought that people who were gay or lesbian were bad or wrong in some way, again almost every hand went up.”
The teacher then asked the Head teacher of the school, whether he could share the news about his fiancé, to show that when people used gay as a pejorative term, they were actually talking about someone like him.
He continued, “The reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc – but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson.”
The amazing letter sent by one of his pupils, known only as “A”, was given to him shortly after the lesson – and it “brought tears” to the teacher’s eyes.
Dear Mr R
“Even though you’re gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You’re a great teacher and these are just some of the word’s [sic] that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.
“The reason why I say brave is because you shared a personal secret which was very brave.
“You don’t have to feel scared because I know that everone [sic] in the class feels the same way as I do.
“From A x x
PS. We are all proud of you”