Solomon taught fourth-graders in the Miami area, where she told the Post she never talked about her wife with students, though she knew her colleagues in heterosexual-appearing relationships did mention their spouses while teaching. She also shared with the outlet that some of her teachers were less than inclusive when it came to marriage, including telling her that her marriage was a violation of God’s rules and went against their religion.
Solomon told the outlet some students did seem to dig into her online, which led to finding a video of her wedding on Vimeo, for example, and some asked leading questions like her husband’s name upon seeing her wedding ring. But though she’d been out as a lesbian since college, Solomon avoided directly talking to the students about her orientation and marriage other than putting a Safe Space rainbow flag on her classroom door.
“I just felt like I’d be a good person to do that,” Solomon told the outlet, adding that no one else at the school was openly gay and “no one else knew anything about that.”
In speaking to NBC News a few months ago, Solomon stressed that the law would “erase” her as a teacher and effectively put her into the closet. “Nobody would be able to know,” she added. “Which then puts me in the closet, and I’m there seven hours a day, if not more, five days a week. I wouldn’t be able to be who I am.”
In the end, though, Solomon resigned from her position at the school in early February of this year. The negative comments from her peers became too much to handle, not to mention possible issues from parents once the Don't Say Gay law goes into effect.
Solomon claims to the Post that her peers weren’t supportive when she wanted to take time off for fertility treatments with her wife and that some made derogatory comments when considering her for a teacher of the year award.
Now Solomon says she’s applying for jobs, but she’ll never work as a public school teacher again—or at least, not in Florida. Because it’s not like we need bright, passionate people working in public schools or anything, right? Thanks DeSantis.