Comics, love and life
NON MONOGAMOUSLY

Ms. Blue

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THE BACKSTORY: This student (name changed, obviously) is one I’ve had in my zines/comics class for a couple years who I love, she’s a great artist and very sharp. While I don’t talk about my non monogamous life very directly with my students (they are middle schoolers), my boss with the extended day program knows and is supportive (and even curious) about my non monogamous life (though I have said to them that I am queer on many occasions, as queer identified students often end up talking to and confiding in me) and both Matt and Marco come as my “family” during family nights at the end of each term. An ongoing joke I have with my students is to respond to them when they say “Mrs. Blue” with a “Mrs? I’m not married!” As well as a mock look of horror/shock. They usually crack up about this.  So, in a lot of ways,  some basic visibility as someone who is not married, presenting pretty non traditionally (partially shaved head, glittery face, odd-to-them clothing), and not being secretive about my life leads to these touching little moments where I see students who are struggling with conforming taking comfort in my presence. I know the teachers I knew growing up that were “weird” were guiding lights on my own path.

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