Rhode Island’s 2017 teacher of the year’s photo with Donald Trump goes viral 

17 Jun

“I wore a blue jacket with a bold print and carried a black lace fan to celebrate the joy and freedom of gender nonconformity.”

In the post, which does not mention Mr Trump by name, Mr Giannopoulos refers the president as “the person behind the desk.”

“When I think back to my time in the White House, I will not remember the person seated at the desk,” he wrote.

Instead, the teacher said he will remember other teachers who have stood up to “structural barriers of race, gender, socioeconomic status, home language, immigration status, sexual orientation, and much more.”

Mr Giannopoulos’s photo comes as the Trump administration continues to find itself under intense scrutiny for its handling of LGBTQ issues.

In February it was reported that only persuasion by Ivanka Trump prevented the president from signing an executive order undoing Barack Obama’s LGBTQ protection laws.

Betsy DeVos, the education secretary who met Mr Giannopoulos during his visit, has not committed to banning discrimination against LGBTQ students in private school, despite saying schools that receive federal funding should follow the law during a Senate hearing in June.

Unlike his predecessor, Mr Trump has yet to acknowledge June as LGBTQ Pride month.

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