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Twenty completely new stories of negotiating the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT educator in the twenty-first century

For more than twenty years, the One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source of strength and inspiration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators. This all-new edition brings together stories from across America—and around the world—resulting in a rich tapestry of varied experiences. From a teacher who feels he must remain closeted in the comparative safety of New York City public schools to teachers who are out in places as far afield as South Africa and China, the teachers and school administrators in One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium prove that LGBT educators are as diverse and complex as humanity itself. Voices largely absent from the first two editions—including transgender people, people of color, teachers working in rural districts, and educators from outside the United States—feature prominently in this new collection, providing a fuller and deeper understanding of the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT teacher today.

Publishing Company: Beacon Press

ISBN: 978-080705586-1
Publication Date: 8/25/2015
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 Inches (US)


Editorial Reviews

“There’s no better way to show how far we’ve come—and how far we have to go—than through personal stories, and this diverse collection of stories is particularly powerful. One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium is a must-read for teachers who are struggling to seek acceptance personally and professionally. Jennings explores new frontiers in LGBT education, giving us a real flavor of the experience of being an educator in the 21st century.”
— Bob Chase, past president of the National Education Association

“Growing up gay isn’t easy for anyone, but Kevin’s stories show the power of unwavering hope and resilience in the LGBTQ community members working inside our schools. As a gay woman and union leader, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my union—an ally in the struggle for rights and a shield from unfair discrimination in the workplace. Kevin’s acknowledgement that unions embolden openness and openness boosts acceptance demonstrates his deep understanding of the educator community, their personal challenges and how things can get better when they embrace their identities.”
— Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium is both informative and deeply inspiring, adding many important voices to previous groundbreaking volumes. These diverse and powerful stories run the gamut of LGBTQ experiences today, giving us a broad outlook on our triumphs as well as the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.”
Michelangelo Signorile, author of It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality


OpEd: Here’s Why LGBT Equality Must Be About More Than the U.S. (Huffington Post)

Like many reading this, I was elated over the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling on June 26. Two days later, Jeff (my partner of 20 years) and I joined friends to celebrate New York’s annual LGBT Pride March. And with the timing of the court’s decision, you could feel the hope among the millions of participants marching down Fifth Avenue.

Our joy was colored, however, by the news coming out of Istanbul where activists had tried to celebrate LGBT Pride several hours before New York’s march kicked off. And where attendees were met by riot police armed with water cannons, rubber bullets, and pepper spray. While we were toasting the marriage victory with our mimosas held high here in the U.S., our counterparts in Turkey were running for their very lives.

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Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice - 15 Stories

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories

Kevin Jennings is a contributing author in Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (Link: Barnes & Noble)

Overview

While we are all familiar with the lives of prominent Black civil rights leaders, few of us have a sense of what is entailed in developing a White anti-racist identity. Few of us can name the White activists who joined the struggle against discrimination, let alone understand the complexities, stresses and contradictions of doing this work while benefiting from the privileges they enjoyed as Whites.

This book fills that gap by vividly presenting – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent White anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

The chapters in this book are full of inspirational and lesson-rich stories about the expanding awareness of White social justice advocates and activists who grappled with their White privilege and their early socialization and decided to work against structural injustice and personal prejudice. The authors are also self-critical, questioning their motivations and commitments, and acknowledging that – as Whites and possessors of other privileged identities – they continue to benefit from White privilege even as they work against it.

This is an eye-opening book for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be White and the reality of what is involved in becoming a White anti-racist and social justice advocate; is interested in the paths taken by those who have gone before; and wants to engage reflectively and critically in this difficult and important work.

Contributing Authors
Warren J. Blumenfeld
Abby L. Ferber
Jane K. Fernandes
Michelle Fine
Diane J. Goodman
Paul C. Gorski
Heather W. Hackman
Gary R. Howard
Kevin Jennings
Frances E. Kendall
Paul Kivel
James W. Loewen
Peggy McIntosh
Julie O’Mara
Alan Rabinowitz
Andrea Rabinowitz
Christine E. Sleeter

 

OpEd: The High Stakes of Bad History (Advocate)

“Those who control the past control the future.” — George Orwell, 1984

In 1991, I was a high school history teacher in Concord, Mass. I began each year by reviewing the above Orwell quote with students, helping them understand how what version of the past we accept often shapes the vision of the future we fight for. Orwell’s observation helped students understand the intensity (and importance) of battles over different accounts of history, and it helps us understand the furor prompted by the publication of Jo Becker’s Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, touted by its publisher as “the definitive account of five remarkable years in American civil rights history … [an account that] encompasses all aspects of this momentous struggle.”

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