Teacher reacts to homophobic parent with sense of humor
Michael, a drama teacher in the U.K. issued a witty response to a parent who pulled their child from his class because of his sexuality. Michael was texted by the parent who learned of his sexuality and disapproved because of their Christian faith. But Michael did not take it passively and told the parent that theater without gays was “like cooking without spices”.
It all began when the unnamed parent sent a text to Michael regarding the two children that had enrolled for classes. The concerned mother or father wrote: “You have a strong reputation for performing arts which encouraged me to sign my children up for classes. I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian, I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas. It is our belief that a man should marry a woman. I look forward to receiving my deposit which you may post to me via cheque.”
Michael replied: “I would be lying if I said I was disappointed to hear this. I pride my students on the respect and love they have for others and their passion for equality. You would only be infringing on our family. As far as I’m aware, my sexuality doesn’t affect my ability to teach, just like it wouldn’t affect a doctor’s ability to treat one of your children should they become unwell. I’m sure your children’s health would come first should they need treatment, or would you need to check their doctor’s lifestyle prior to their life-saving operation? I wish you luck in finding an appropriate stage school for your children, although in my experience theatre without gays is like cooking without spices (just my experience).”
He also informed the parents that the largest in the UK, is enrolling pupils but the teachers wear ‘mixed fabrics’ which is not allowed under Leviticus 19.9 in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Although the parent’s deposit is non-refundable, Michael told them he had donated it to Stonewall, which campaigns for the equality of LGBT people across Britain.