"Very Simple. I Just Don't Lie": The Role of Honesty in Black Lesbian K-12 Teachers' Experiences in the U.S. Southeast
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
I conducted semi-structured interviews with eight self-identified Black lesbian classroom teachers. Seven participants taught in three districts in the same large metropolitan area in the U.S. Southeast; one participant taught in a smaller city in a bordering state. In response to the vague prompt to describe the intersections between their sexuality and their schooling experiences as a teacher, every participant spoke explicitly about her unwillingness to lie about her sexuality if asked. In this article, I argue that honesty is a critical component of Black women's experiences, the necessity of which can be tied to womanism.
Journal of Lesbian Studies
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Ford, Jillian Carter, ""Very Simple. I Just Don't Lie": The Role of Honesty in Black Lesbian K-12 Teachers' Experiences in the U.S. Southeast" (2016). Faculty Publications. 3933.