I grew up in a small artist's colony in Massachusetts. When I came out in high school, my parents threw a party for me; 98% of my school friends were instantly accepting.
I went to college and grad school in Connecticut, in a field with a good percentage of LGBT people. I've had it easy, I think, based on the experiences of friends of mine around the country.
In August I start my first teaching job, and I'll be headed to a small rural town in a southern state.
My first visit there was great. The school is pretty, and the small town is charming. But I have been plagued by fears that my sexual orientation will be something of a novelty to the students of the college, most of whom come from the same state, a place that has a not very good history of tolerance in race and gender relations.
I'm especially fearful about the 50 student intro sections I'll teach each term, with a good number of non-majors.
I'm thankful for the job, and am prepared to work hard. But I'd love to know if anyone out there in the readership can comment on a similar move they made or witnessed.
Q: Should I be excited or worried? Or both?