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Stambaugh

Earlier this month, Steve wrote about Seth Stambaugh, a teacher in Beaverton, Oregon fired from his job days after he came out to one of the students he teaches. Stambaugh is hoping to be reinstated, and recently gave an interview to local station KGW.

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  1. good for him - he should have NEVER been fired to begin with

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 19, 2010 9:34:44 AM


  2. What Seth said was quite appropriate. He answered the 4th grader's questions as they were asked, both the initial question and the follow-ups. There was nothing sexual in his answers -- they were related to marriage, as were the questions. The only quibble I have is in the word "choose," but the context is correct for that word.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Oct 19, 2010 9:37:10 AM


  3. "There was nothing sexual in his answers" True. But the Heterosexual Dicataorship regards our very existence as sexual. We don't have to be having sex. Just by breathing we're "inappropriate."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 19, 2010 9:48:54 AM


  4. Just like DADT, you can be a dirty little faggot in Beaverton - as long as you keep your faggot mouth shut. Sickening.

    Posted by: DN | Oct 19, 2010 9:57:07 AM


  5. What a well spoken and courageous teacher. David put it well "the heterosexual dictatorship regards our very existence as sexual"

    Posted by: brent | Oct 19, 2010 10:03:16 AM


  6. His voice sounds a little bit like Mr. Rogers', which is kinda nice.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Oct 19, 2010 10:04:21 AM


  7. No, his voice sounds like a gay valley girl! And what's with the earrings?!

    Posted by: nikko | Oct 19, 2010 10:21:40 AM


  8. Prejudice masquerading as a discussion about appropriateness.

    Good luck, Seth. I gave Gloria Allred your mobile #, hope that's okay. :)

    Posted by: pete | Oct 19, 2010 10:42:34 AM


  9. @Nikko. Tut-tut, I wonder what you look and sound like. Full self-loathing, are you?

    Posted by: Samhraid | Oct 19, 2010 10:45:22 AM


  10. I'm from Beaverton, and the views expressed by the locals in this piece are much more in line with the people who live there than the discrimination exercised by the school district in this case.
    They'd better reinstate Mr. Stambaugh or the lesbians will go on strike!

    Posted by: Jesse Archer | Oct 19, 2010 10:58:03 AM


  11. He said he wasn't allowed to marry a man. Which is an entirely accurate statement when uttered in the United States of America. Same sex marriages are not recognized by the government. There's nothing even remotely sexual about it. He did not even frame it as a question of being right or wrong (which might upset conservative parents). He just stated the facts.

    Posted by: John | Oct 19, 2010 11:34:25 AM


  12. As hard as it is to find good teachers, you'd think the school board could get by their bigotry just this once.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 19, 2010 11:58:21 AM


  13. Kudos to Mr. Stambaugh!
    Fourth graders are not too young to learn about equality and marriage.
    If a student asks a question, any question, they are entitled to an accurate and complete answer. Anything less is dishonest and a disservice to the student.

    Kudos to Mr. Stambaugh!

    Posted by: Fred | Oct 19, 2010 12:48:34 PM


  14. @ Nikko: What's wrong with earrings? Where I live many men--straight and gay--wear earrings. What's with your problem with earrings?

    Homophobe.

    Posted by: Danny | Oct 19, 2010 1:08:30 PM


  15. Handsome, stylish, articulate and intelligent.m

    Wrap it up, I will take it to go.

    Posted by: Rick Gold | Oct 19, 2010 1:37:04 PM


  16. So, he is not allowed to talk about it in class but the kids can watch the discussion on the 6 o'clock news!

    Posted by: tommy | Oct 19, 2010 1:40:31 PM


  17. It's as if the Briggs Initiative comes back from he dead.

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | Oct 19, 2010 1:52:41 PM


  18. I'm surprised no one in this comment thread has blamed a black person? There have to be some black people in Oregon, right?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 19, 2010 3:58:29 PM


  19. Had marriage been legal, the whole line of question probably would have ended after the kid asked why he wasn't married and Seth gave his answer.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 19, 2010 8:01:21 PM


  20. When I was that age, our teacher announced her engagement in front of the classroom, with the principal there for the exciting moment. There was all manner of oooo-ing and ahhhhh-ing and clapping.

    We all liked her.

    Age-appropriateness, my ass.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 19, 2010 10:37:48 PM


  21. Sorry, but earrings on a male teacher is not professional. That's right, innappropriate. But try getting that through this trashy generation of tattoos,piercings and other ugly trappings . He can put them on after work. As for how I look and sound, I'm just fine thank you.

    Posted by: nikko | Oct 19, 2010 10:52:14 PM


  22. Nikko, is it said anywhere that he was wearing earrings in the classroom? Maybe he was, but that so far has not been said. Weak attempt at a come back, self-loathing homophobe.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Oct 20, 2010 10:13:18 AM


  23. HIM BEING A FLAMMING FAGGOT HAS NUTTIN TO DO WITH HIM TEACHING I.E. HE SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIS HOME LIFE AT HOME AND BEEN A TEACHER WHEN AT WORK THE FAG GOT EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVED

    Posted by: B-RAD | Oct 20, 2010 7:43:34 PM


  24. WOW I THINK THE HOMO'S AND LIZZIE'S TOOK ME UP ON MY CHALLENGE AND DECIDED I WAS RIGHT NOT NOT EQUATE BEING A DICK LOVING MAN OR PUSSY LICKING WOMAN TO BEING (YOUR WORD FOR DESCRIBING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN) "BLACK"

    Posted by: B-RAD | Oct 20, 2010 7:48:42 PM


  25. No, I am not a homophobe GABE L. B-RAD, on the other hand, is. You cannot change your homosexuality anymore than changing your skin color. Stupid.

    Posted by: nikko | Oct 20, 2010 8:58:17 PM


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