31
May
09

Denver queer Adam Kretz fired for being gay

Photo from Adam's Connexion profile.

Photo from Adam's Connexion profile.

Those here familiar with Adam knew he was tremendously excited to be leaving Denver to take a teaching position at an English language school in Korea.  He was scheduled to leave on August 1st.

Adam wrote a diary on DailyKos.com about what went down so I’ll quote from that:

The Director [of the school in Korea] told me that one of his faculty members had discovered that I wrote a pro-gay article for a website, and had mentioned gay rights events on my Twitter feed.

So he asked me, point blank: “Are you a gay?”

I was not only taken aback, I didn’t quite know what to say. So I responded the only way I knew how.

“Yes, I’m gay.”

Adam continues:

I was told that someone of my “identity, politics, and religious persuasion (I’m an Episcopalian, and I can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone on biblical history, revisionism, and interpretational theology) wasn’t welcomed at their school. Just like that. 7 weeks until I leave. I quit my job, sold my apartment, car and belongings, and had spent hundreds on Korean lessons, only to be told that not only could I not come teach, I was not entitled to recourse with my contract. Korean law (or so they said, any help legal folks???) allows them to void the contract willy-nilly. I was offered $3,000 and told that this was the best I could hope for.

I’d encourage you to read Adam’s entire story here on Daily Kos.

Full disclosure: I am acquainted with Adam but do not know him well.

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