“Teaching is never easy. We are a politicized being and an advocate for all students because we are role models, whether we know it or not” (Baker, 2018, p. 108).

The following scholarship focuses on LGBTIQ+ students and/or teachers.


Baker, J. S. (2020). Alone on Stage: How one LGBTIQ+ educator uses poetic performative autoethnography for social change. Journal of Education, 78, 24-42.

Baker, J. S., Hurula, M., Goodreau, A., & Johnson, B. (2018). Poetic explorations of cisgender privilege: How teacher candidates learn to advocate for gender non-conforming youth. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 15(3), 312-317.

Baker, J. S. (2018). Dear fairy gayfather… You saved my life: Becoming an authentically out-educator. In Valerie Hill-Jackson (Ed.), Teacher confidential: Personal stories of stress, self-care, and resilience. (pp. 96-110), Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.

Baker, J. S. (2017). There, I said it: An out educator hopes to spark a conversation. Rostrum, 92(1), 36-38.


Thorson, M., Baker, J. S., & Slattery, P. (2015, April). Homophobic state of mind: Queering school climates in Texas. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Accepted.

Baker, J. S. (2012, November). Alone on stage: How one LGBTIQ educator uses (poetry) performance for social change. Paper presented at the Curriculum & Pedagogy Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Baker, J. S. & Sanchez, K. K. (2011, May). Raise your hand if you are gay: Why teachers need to stand out in the classroom. Paper presented at the Scholar-Practitioner Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

< This is my gay teacher the day after one of his students said, "I'm glad gays can't marry here. They scare me, kinda like clowns."

While teaching high school I inadvertently became Internet-famous via Reddit and Buzzfeed (30 Best Teachers - #21; 33 Teachers Who Got the Last Laugh - #8) and other social media sites where articles and memes have been shared.

I now use T-Zo the clown as a vehicle for discussing rights for LGBTIQ+ students in my Multicultural Education course.