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A 9-year-old student pens heartfelt letter of acceptance to her gay teacher

On Friday, December 19th, 2014

LetterIn a great symbol of acceptance, a 9-year-old girl showed just how beautiful the world could be in a letter she penned to her teacher after he came out as gay.  According to a report by Pink News on Tuesday, the teacher revealed his sexuality during a lesson on homophobic bullying.

In a showmanship of bravery, the teacher decided to tell his class he was gay as a way to show how difference could be misunderstood and the effects homophobic bullying has on those targeting.  By opening up that he is gay, he was hopeful it would help his students understand that being gay wasn’t bad.  The reaction he received was heartfelt, highlighted by the letter he received from his 9-year-old female student.  The letter reads:

“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 everyone in the class feels the same way as I do.

PS.  We are all proud of you.”

The teacher explained to Pink News that he was always apprehensive of mentioning his sexuality to peers and especially to his students.  After discussing his decision to reveal his sexuality as part of the lesson to his head, they agreed that he could tell the class that he was gay so that the students could at least know one gay person.  His student’s response and the letter was an experience he described as “amazing.”

“Reading it (the letter) brought tears to my eyes,” he said.  “And it took me a little while to compose myself.  When I thanked her she just shrugged and repeated something one of the boys in the class had said during the lesson, ‘It’s just your life’.  Then she went back to her math.”

Furthermore, the experience and being open with his students taught him a valuable lesion that the world is more accepting, especially when it comes to children.  He is now able to talk about his fiancé as freely as other teachers talk about their significant others.  As for the students, he said they really demonstrated their appreciation for him as a teacher.

“For my class it was a surprise sure but, to them, it was just something simple and easy to file away as another piece of information.  There was no judgment, no follow up, just acceptance.”

About - Tarringo T. Vaughan always believed he had a love affair with literature. One of the first pictures he saw of himself was of him at maybe the age of three or four year’s old sitting with a book in his hand. But for Tarringo, growing up in the depths of the inner city both in Boston, MA and Springfield, MA made him believe that expression through the literary voice was un-cool and unattainable. As a very quiet and shy child he learned it became very valuable in his self expression. Born in 1976, Tarringo was the first child, grandchild and nephew in a family that had grown accustomed to struggle. His mother was a teenager who quickly lost the support of my father who today he knows very little of. These aspects of his life triggered the inspiration of his pen.

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