Stained Glass Windows and Rainbows: My Journey to Socially Just Perceptions of and Actions toward LGBTQ Students

Kristina Andrews 1 *

AM J QUALITATIVE RES, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 87-96

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As a classroom teacher I have an ethical and moral obligation to provide a socially just and equitable learning environment and educational experience for all my students. Auto-ethnography is a research method grounded in modern philosophy.  Auto-ethnography enables me to link the personal and cultural through inquiry and voice.  In this article I explore the state of understanding my personal role and experiences as a conservative Christian educator in learning about and interacting with LGBTQ students. By reflecting and evaluating my personal experiences and attitudes I am able to identify my former biases, discriminatory tendencies, and stereotypes about LGBTQ community members. Therefore, throughout my analysis, I sought a means that would enable me to maintain my personal religious values while eliminating biases, stereotypes, and unjust perceptions. As a result, I recognize and embrace my religious identify as a conservative Christian educator who accepts my LGBTQ students without judgement or bias in order to be respectful, socially just, equitable, and nondiscriminatory.

Keywords: Auto-Ethnography, Christian Educator, LGBTQ.