Being out, speaking out: Vulnerability and classroom inquiry

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Through examining four episodes from his teaching, the author reflects on the importance of being out in the classroom, not only about his sexuality, but also about his intellectual, moral, and political commitments and uncertainties. While cautioning that being out in these ways can, in certain circumstances, stifle student voices and preempt open student inquiry, the author concludes that being out is a necessary element of a pedagogy that helps students go through the painful process of self-corrective ethical inquiry. Four scholars respond to the author's essay, which is followed by a final commentary by the author.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 29 Nov 2004


  • Coming out
  • Esl
  • Pedagogy


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