AI: Coming Out for Education
Yesterday was my first day of classes at my new university. I’m going back to school for a second bachelor’s degree, this time in nursing, and just started taking the pre-requisites to get into the actual nursing program. A friend of mine started on the same path at a school on the other side of the state, located in a much more conservative city than where I now live.
Now, it will probably come as no surprise that hospitals aren’t the most LGBT friendly places, especially for trans* folk. To help combat this trans-ignorance, my friend has set up a “Trans 101” lesson for her classmates, and has asked me to help design it so the information is actually correct. Since the people in her class will never know me, I have no problem telling my story, but this got me to thinking; since I’m in the same type of program, will there be a lesson on how to treat LGBT patients at my school? And if not, would I be willing to out myself in order to educate a group of future nurses?
In the same fashion, would you be willing to out yourself for the greater good? If you’re pretty hetero-normative, would you be willing to expose a similar secret of yours in order to educate people? What would it take for you (both LGBT and hetero-normative) to do so?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, at 3pm ET.
(Featured image is the cover of “Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue” by Nicholas M. Teich found on Amazon)