A gay teachers fight to teach in the early 1970's - more than 3 decades ago - an openly gay young man - Joe Acanfora - fought to become an earth science teacher in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Maryland. This is an in depth chronicle of events of his family's public support; the media coverage of gay teachers at that time; the public's reaction; a rare look at a Penn State University "morality interrogation"; court testimony, expert witnesses, legal briefs and court decisions; and more.

 

FAMILY ...

     
  mom "When Joe came out of the closet, I came out of the kitchen"-- Mom joe

CBS
60 Minutes

"The Case of Joe Acanfora"
February 25, 1973

 
 

...LOVE & SUPPORT

   
dad "I loved him then,
I love him now" -- Dad
 

IN THE COURT ROOM

Gay teacher testifies from the witness stand.
Experts testify on risk/benefits of gay teachers.
Federal court decisions, legal briefs on gay teachers in the classroom.

 

LETTERS FROM PUBLIC

Please, only you can help me
- N.J. teenager.