I have now wrapped up my work with the school's GSA, and I am glad to bid it adieu.
My being involved at all was a classic case of my saying "yes" without really thinking about it. I am clearly a very slow learner when it comes to this life lesson! I don't regret being involved; it's been a good two years, it really has, but by the end I was a little tired and cranky about the whole thing.
I think I did some good work, and I was a good mentor to my co-advisor, who is very young and had really not done any work on questions of gender and sexual diversity before we started working together with the club. She's grown a lot in the last two years -- mostly due to her own initiative, but I think I get some credit for it -- and I'm glad that she'll be continuing with the club. My place will be taken by another young teacher, but one who is already an accomplished leader and has experience in diversity work. So this really is one of those moments in which I can say "my work here is done."
I never wanted to be a "professional lesbian" at FGS, having played that role with such great cost at St. Martyr's. But I am in the end glad that I did this for a couple of years, because I'm now much more open with students about my personal life. I still don't talk all that much about my family life, especially compared to some of my colleagues, but I feel more relaxed in doing so thanks to my work with the GSA. So that's all to the good.
But in the end I really just needed to take something off my plate. I want my life to be less entirely wrapped up with school so that I can have a little more time to be involved with the temple. Plus, I'm thinking of this as sort of preparation for going on sabbatical, which I hope I'll get to do in a year and a half, so having one less commitment at school will be good.