chapter  Letter 10
Teacher Allyship
WithTara Goldstein, benjamin lee hicks, Jenny Salisbury, Pam Baer
Pages 9

In the Sexualities, Gender, and Schooling course offered in the fall of 2016, graduate students, Austen Koecher and Benjamin Lee Hicks, and thae author provided the students with the option to write about what they learned from the Addley family interviews in their final assignment. The assignment was designed to provide the teachers with an opportunity to do some self-analysis and self-reflection about the experiences lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families have in school. This chapter presents a description of the assignment. After watching the Addley family video clips, Teacher 1 wrote about how some children, even at a very young age, are aware that their gender identity is different from the gender identity they’ve been socialized with since birth. However, for Teacher 1, reading about gender identity in a book was different from hearing Violet and her siblings William and AJ (pseudonyms) talk directly to her about it.