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Teresa

TEACHER
Lincoln High School

Q: In your role as a teacher, what have you done to create a safer climate for LGBTQ youth and their families?

We have a Gay/Straight Alliance Club. 

Q: What fun activities have you done with the GSA?

We’ve had field presentations that are given to the whole school.  One is presented by Kaiser and the other one is presented by the New Conservatory Theater. I think they’re very useful and I can see that the kids are really influenced by it.  And then we participate in the “Day of Silence.”  I’m going to ask if the GSA Club wants to go see the movie Milk.  I think that will be educational.  I need to be educated a lot myself. 

Q: Have you encountered any challenges or barriers to the work that you’ve done?

I think that being an Asian woman and being straight is a good role model in a different way.  But then on the other hand I don’t know whether the students feel they want to be close to me.  I want to do more with the GSA and eventually I want to make kids feel more comfortable and hopefully more accepting of the role I want to play in their lives.  I want to do more fun activities and make the Club more welcoming. I want to support gay students.

Q: What inspired you to do this work?

I think usually I’m very selfish and self-centered, but I feel like there are two things I want to put in more effort and concentration.  One is to be more involved, trying to learn to farm, to grow more things in a sustainable way. The other area of involvement is for social justice.  I feel like this will be a good area to work on.  I’m very proud that San Francisco seems to be a leader in this movement. I think our society is moving toward the right direction, but it seems to be pushing slowly.  It takes so much time for us to be more open minded and accepting.  But it goes so slowly.  I want to learn more about it and hopefully help a little bit.  While it is slow, I think we will get there.

Q: What’s been the school community reaction to some of the work that you’ve done?

I haven’t done much.  This is really new.  I think I’m at a space where I should be doing more. I try to get myself as educated as I can.  I want to learn more. The next step will be to offer more activities. 

 

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