Voices of Courage and Hope: Gay and Lesbian Catholic Elementary School Teachers

  • Edmundo F. LittonEmail author


This essay presents the stories of gay and lesbian Catholic elementary school teachers. Through interviews and dialogues, these teachers shared their fears, hopes, and the strategies they used in order to survive in the context of the Catholic elementary school. Results indicated that the teachers had come to accept the oppression, and they were working with the system, as opposed to against the system, to create a more inclusive school environment that truly echoed the gospel message of loving one another. Participants acknowledged that they continually experienced a conflict between their religion and their sexual identity. They did not feel safe to come out to their students, though they acknowledged there would be some benefits in doing so. They believed that they had to work harder than their heterosexual colleagues so it would be more difficult for the administration to dismiss them.

homosexuality religion Catholic school teachers education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationLoyola Marymount UniversityLos Angeles

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