Local author Christine Yared joins us for a virtual chat regarding her book Private Love, Public School - Gay Teacher Under Fire. Register via Eventbrite for this free event.
About the Book
Disturbing and deeply moving, the book recounts the story of Gerry Crane, a gay music teacher who taught at Byron Center High School in the mid-1990s. Gerry, a talented, much loved teacher, was outed by a student, vilified by parents and the anti-gay religious community, and harassed. The school board issued a statement declaring that homosexuals are improper role models for students and pledging to “monitor and investigate” the gay teacher.
Gerry fought with courage and hope while enduring betrayals, pain, and public humiliation. The book also describes Gerry’s journey as a deeply religious man raised in an anti-gay denomination, searching for an affirming Christian church, which he found at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The presentation will address the events of 1995 and 1996, what that means for today and the challenges that still remain.
About the Author
Christine Yared, the author of Private Love, Public School – Gay Teacher Under Fire, is an attorney, educator, and activist. For over thirty years Christine’s work has centered on LGBTQ+ legal, political, and social issues. She has fought against discrimination based on LGBTQ+ identity, gender, race, ethnicity, and against sexual harassment. As an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University she has taught constitutional law, LGBTQ law, gender studies and diversity. She is the past president of the LGB Community Network of West Michigan, past co-chair of GLSEN Grand Rapids and currently serves on the Council for Michigan Bar Association’s LGBTQA Law Section.