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it’s ok to be Takei

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Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London. https://liliannattel.com

2 thoughts on “it’s ok to be Takei

  1. I found out from a union rep. that I have the right to talk about sexual orientation with my students from kindergarten to grade-eight. It’s a human right as much as I can discuss Black History Month, Chanukkah, Diwali, and other socio-cultural activities, events, and stories. In spite of some people not wanting students to learn about sexual orientation in the primary and junior grades (K-6), I have the right to talk to the students about sexual orientation. I do not need the parents’ permission so long as I don’t discuss sexual intercourse. As a teacher, I do believe that I have the common sense to explain sexual orientation at grade-appropriate levels. In the primary grades, there might be a discussion about two moms or dads (or daddy penguins) caring for each other. There may also be a discussion about “boy” and “girl” activities. E.g., Boys like hockey; girls like ballet. Can both boys and girls like ballet and hockey?

    Even though I have the right to discuss sexual orientation, it doesn’t mean that I do so every day. In fact, I probably discuss it about once each year. Usually, I discuss it because there has been a major incident in the classroom of bullying that involves negative comments about someone being gay (whether or not that person is actually gay). Again, I do use a grade-appropriate mini-lesson to discuss sexual orientation and bullying. Someday, I may talk about sexual orientation without the bullying issued tagged along.

    Some of you may have seen this wonderful YouTube music video by Rebecca Drysdale (censored version). It’s brilliantly censored. I do like how she censored George Takei’s name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tZPQC_NNGY Enjoy!

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