One of my students during 6th period today asked me in front of the whole class, “Miss, are you straight?” She threw me for a huge loop, so I silently panicked and paused for what seemed like forever. 35 cute little freshman faces intently stared up at me, waiting eagerly for my response. I’ve never seen them so interested in all my life. It was so quiet, you could hear a pencil scratch on paper. I didn’t know what else to do, so then I nervously blurted out, “I’M EDUSEXUAL. I’M MARRIED TO TEACHING.” Oh my god. So smooth lol. It made for a good laugh, which diffused the situation at least, but talk about super awkward haha. I prefer not to come out to my students lol...my personal life stays out of the classroom. Plus, I would like to not get fired or shunned by my fellow teachers and the admins...people here are fairly conservative, and everything is super heteronormative. I do have a lot of LGBTQ+ students though (including the one who asked me the question), and some of my students know that I’m considering being the GSA advisor next school year, so maybe they already suspect. Well if they didn’t suspect before, I’m sure they do now haha. The kids don’t worry me though...it’s the other adults at school that I see as being somewhat prejudiced and not accepting. I don’t know though...as a teacher, is it considered okay for me to be out to my students?