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English Journal, Vol. 98, No. 4, March 2009

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Issue Theme: Sexual Identity and Gender Variance

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Posted By: Anonymous User on 5/2/2009 9:32:47 AM

As a Christian, a teacher, and a proponent of campus groups such as the GSA, I greatly enjoyed this issue of the English Journal. The open discussion of LGBT issues on campus is exactly what we need, as evidenced by readers' comments. The authors of the Bible speak briefly about homosexuality, but quite consistently about faith, love, and the withholding of judgment. Our students--particularly those struggling with identity issues--deserve our attention, guidance, and love. Thank you, English Journal.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 4/20/2009 12:21:07 PM

I wanted to thank the editors of this issue and of English Journal for remaining on the cutting edge of pedagogy. We need more people like you to move our profession forward instead of keeping it in the 1950s, as some of the commentors below would like to do.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 4/19/2009 10:22:50 AM

To the last commentor...would you also loathe an English educator who delved into the hatred and oppression of persons of faith or morality? What about those haters? They abound, yet to put students (and parents) of that pursuasion down is A-okay, both publically and in our classrooms. The double standard here is mind boggling. As an Education student majoring in secondary English, I am appauled to see a National Organization like NCTE pushing an agenda with this issue. Shame on them.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 4/17/2009 10:26:20 AM

I can't believe that the readers of English Journal are such haters. This isn't about pushing an agenda. This is about validation for our students--all students, not just the white, protestant, heterosexual ones. Those of you who left negative comments have antiquated views about this issue and are on the wrong side of history. As a parent, I would loathe for my child to be in your classroom, where you are pushing your own agenda (heterosexuality), whether you believe it or not.

Posted By: kbrownsworth on 4/14/2009 12:18:40 PM

I do teach my students, as well as my own children, tolerance. I also teach privacy. The sexual preference of my students is no one’s business but their own. I do not think it is my place to push any agenda that either promotes or discourages any sexual preference. That is a home issue or, perhaps, an issue for the school counselor. As a parent, I would not approve of this curriculum in my child’s classroom, and I would never assume that it was my place to address these issues with my students.

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