i'm the kind of person who worries too much
what adults think of me
but when it comes to students
and seemingly neverending difficult conversations
i find myself screaming
"So I'm gay then!
I guess I'm gay if I support the LGBTQ community!
That must make me gay too!"
and then i regain my composure
to calmly discuss the issues at hand
while a student tries to screen a youtube video about "half men half women"
that argues that people are transgender because of Satan
and another student says i'm trying to censor them because i won't allow them to watch it in my classroom
making more generalizations
until i really shut that homophobic nonsense down.