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Jim Gaylord, once fired by Tacoma schools for being Gay, now gets apology and honors

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Forty-two years after being fired from a teaching job for being Gay, Jim Gaylord will finally get an apology and honors from the school board that sacked him. On July 13, Gaylord, now 76, will get a formal public apology and appreciation from Tacoma School Board President Kurt Miller at Oasis Youth Center’s Proud Outloud event. Proud Outloud is an annual fundraiser for Oasis, and will be held at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 North ‘E’ Street, in Tacoma. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Oasis is Tacoma’s drop-in, support, and resource center for LGBTQ youth. Gaylord began teaching in 1960, and by 1972 was a popular instructor teaching senior social studies. He was never out on the job, until a random event brought his sexual orientation to the attention of school administrators. That year, a Gay friend of his introduced Gaylord to a high school student

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