It didn't take long for Morelli to accept her truth. "I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set," the writer recalled. "It wasn't so much one thing, but the sum of many small details: how uncomfortable I felt around groups of lesbians or how I considered myself (shrug) a 'not very sexual person.' When considered alone, these seemed like little quirks that made me me. Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right? But on set, these small moments came into sharp relief, and I found myself answering to an endless stream of cast members who peppered me with questions like a gaggle of kindergarteners curious about their new teacher. 'Are you dating anyone?' 'You're married?' 'To a man?' 'But you used to kiss girls?' 'Do you miss it?' I was finally forced to consider a question that had never, ever occurred to me before: 'Holy s--t, am I gay?'"
In published work, I have documented much of what I have described, citing many previous historians who have recounted this story. Full citations for the evidence I have described and to other scholars who have recounted it, can be found, for example, at
http:///publications/educational-leadership/may13/vol70/num08/Why-Our-Schools-Are- , or at
http:///newsletters/ , or at
http:///files/2012/Different_Kind_Of_ . For source citations regarding the pathways by which social and economic disadvantages affect student performance, see Class and Schools ( http:///publication/books_class_and_schools/ ). Or, if you e-mail me at [email protected] , I’d be glad to send you documentation of any of the claims I make here today. The segregation history I have described to you was once well known, but has now been dropped from policymakers’ and the public’s consciousness.