There's a HUGE brouhaha raging in my hometown right now because the principal of my high school "let" the black kids have an all-black assembly to discuss Ferguson, Eric Garner and Black Lives Matter during the last few days of Black History Month.

In a mostly white community, it is not going well. But the straight, white teacher who stood up for me as "the only gay in the village" back in 1994 is also fucking shit up for the black kids in 2015. This is what being an ally, being a teacher, being a hero looks like.