Teacher comes out to whole school, gets emotional email from ex-pupil years later

Teacher comes out to whole school, gets emotional email from ex-pupil years later

David_Weston_Teacher_Gay_EmailIn 2010, teacher David Weston made an incredible decision. He decided to come out to the entirety of Watford Grammar School, in Hertfordshire, England.

And now, four years later, a former student has got in touch with him to thank him.

Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘I came out as a gay teacher in a whole-school assembly in 2010. Today, four years later, I just received this email. Wow.’

It reads:

Hi David,

I know you probably won’t remember me, but when I was in year 7 (2004) you were my deputy form tutor, and I was in sixth form during your 2nd stint at Watford Grammar.

I just wanted you to know how inspirational your assembly was, and how much of a positive impact it had on the school. I am a heterosexual man myself but have always been proactive in the fight against homophobia.

I know this message may seem a little pointless but I really felt you should know that you challenged the ignorance of so many people that day, and if every gay teacher shared your courage, then the world would be a much better place – not just for gay men, but for all of us. For that, I thank you.

They may not quite have had the wherewithal to tell you so, but so many of the students had so much respect for you for what you did – never had we witnessed a teacher perform so honestly the act for which they were employed – the act of teaching.

I will carry the memory with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.

This has been reposted from Gay Star News.