Douglas Ray has taught at Indian Springs School since 2010. In the fall, he joins the faculty of Western Reserve Academy as an upper school English teacher. He is author of He Will Laugh, a collection of poems, and editor of The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
Douglas’s Recent Stories
Education Jun 09Column: In the face of anti-LGBTQ rights laws, my students give me hope
My experience for the first 18 years of my life in Mississippi was very much limited to the company of people who looked and lived just like me. As a teacher, I’ve noticed my students are infinitely more worldly wise…
Education Mar 02I’m a queer teacher in the Deep South — how talking about my identity challenges hate
As debate intensifies over equal rights for LGBTQ people, research has spotlighted the benefits of a supportive environment for LGBTQ students who are at an increased risk for bullying and violence. Teacher Douglas Ray discusses how educators can find new ways to engage…