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On Monday, the popular social media account Libs of TikTok shared a video of a teacher describing his preferred method of concealing kids’ “transgender identities” from their parents.
The teacher uses a survey card that he hands out at the beginning of class where students can indicate what name and pronouns they want him to use and whether they want to keep their “trans identities” a secret from their families.
The teacher, Samson Widerman, describes himself on his website as “a 12th grade English and Seminar teacher at Eric Solorio Academy High School.” Widerman operates under the username “samsonteaches” across many social media platforms, but is most active on TikTok, where he has over 6.4 thousand followers. His other video content includes social justice themes, such as educational videos on the “transgender day of silence.”
“Something really inspiring and also a little bit concerning I’m hearing a lot of teachers talk about is asking students their pronouns,” begins Widerman when talking about the cards. “This tells me that teachers really care about their trans and nonbinary students and want to make them feel comfortable in class.”
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