As promised, here’s today’s post! Sorry for the delay!
No, I haven’t gone back in the closet – at least not the LGBT closet. I’m talking about another kind of ‘out’ today.
Today is the first day of “Out Week,” an event sponsored by UNI’s UNIFI group – and one I think is important and awesome.
But this morning, as I prepared to don my “This is what an atheist looks like” shirt, I hesitated, and eventually grabbed a lovely green v-neck instead.
See, this semester, I’m not just a student. I’m also a teacher. Whether it’s as a Peer Teaching Assistant for a freshmen class, or at the After School Program down at Hudson School, I’m in a position of… well, not exactly authority, but of… leadership? Responsibility?
And that responsibility places me in an interesting place.
I’d like to go into this in a lot more detail – and compare what I see as the differences between LGBT “outness” and atheist “outness.” But school must take precedence, and I’m a bit behind.
So I’ll be brief and just say that I didn’t feel it was appropriate for me to be “out” as a teacher, just as I don’t think it’s appropriate for a teacher to be “out” as a Christian, Muslim, Jew, etc.
If a teacher wore a “Jesus is my Savior” t-shirt to class, I’d think that was incredibly inappropriate… and so I feel like I need to subject myself to the same standards.
I guess that’s about it. Again, much more to say about this, but the work of a college student is never done. Or something like that.
Any thoughts? Could I be “out” without creating a double standard? Is a double standard okay in this instance? Why? Why not?
Let me know in the comments!
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