From Library Journal
This is a collection of more than 30 accounts by gay and lesbian teachers from schools and universities across the country. Each narrative recounts its author's experiences either as an openly gay or lesbian teacher or during the period of coming out. Specific school settings, such as the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, are mentioned. Common themes discussed are student/teacher relationships, teacher/teacher relationships, AIDS, support groups, the process of coming out, and community reactions. This book will be useful for studying the culture of schools at all levels. An appendix contains biographies of the teachers who tell their stories, a list of support groups, and, most importantly, an essay on the legal history and current state of gay and lesbian rights across the country. For most education collections.Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
To ensure that these gay and lesbian teachers' stories would come from a range of communities that differed in tolerance of homosexuality, editor Jennings stressed that respondents to his call for manuscripts did not have to be out. Nevertheless, he points out, few Southerners responded. Most contributors are East and West Coasters. Few midwestern voices are heard, and despite the fact that education is predominantly a woman's profession, mens' perspectives make up more than 60 percent of the book. Moreover, a third of the female contributors use pseudonyms (only one man does), and most contributors of color withdrew as publication approached. Social change, Jennings concludes, has far to go before institutional barriers of regionalism, sexism, and racism fall everywhere. The stories that remain tell of internal and external struggles, small victories, and growth as their authors cope with ignorance, fear, and hostility. The worthy appendixes include an overview of gay, lesbian, and bisexual teachers' rights and a listing of national gay and lesbian teachers' organizations. Whitney Scott