Gay Drama Teacher Responds With Pure Class To Students' Homophobic Parent

A lovely text, indeed.

If epically responding to a homophobic text were a sport, Michael Neri would be winning. 

When the U.K.-based drama teacher got a homophobic text from one of his students' parents, he was shocked. The parent had texted the founder of the Talking Props Theatre School that their children would no longer attend his class because of his "lifestyle."

"Hi Michael. Following our chat this week I have decided that [redacted] and [redacted] will not be attending class on Monday. You have a strong reputation for performing arts which encouraged me to sign my children up for classes," she wrote. "I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian I can not allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas."

She then explains that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, and requested a refund. 

Though obviously insulted, Neri, 26, didn't back down. 

He texted back a response that was classy yet poignant, which he shared on Twitter. 

"As far as I'm aware, my sexuality does not effect my ability to teach, just like it wouldn't effect a doctors' ability to treat one of your children should they become unwell," he wrote. 

"I wish you luck finding an appropriate stage school that fits your needs ... I hear stage coach is enrolling but [their] teachers have been known to wear mixed fabrics which I'm sure you're aware is forbidden in the bible (Leviticus 19:19.)." 

He then told her that there were no refunds, but he'd donate her contribution to an LGBT charity, Stone Wall, in her honor. 


Neri told Mic he was proud of his response, which the parent has yet to respond to. 

"I'm not going to lie, it was brewing. I got the text early afternoon and it took me a good couple of hours to respond back," he said.

But it wasn't just about putting someone in their place. He was offended someone would equate his sexual orientation with his ability to teach. Sadly, these two children will be missing out. 

"As a child, if I'd had something like [Talking Props], I would've flourished more than I ever could've hoped for," he said. "It's a safe haven for people to be able to come, be creative and be around people in a supportive environment." 

Supportive and tolerant: John 13:34.

(H/T: Mic)


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