QEIRS In the news !


Mission :

Queer Educators in Religious Schools is a San Francisco based community organization focused on supporting lGBTQIA+ educators in Religious ( primarily Catholic) schools. We are hoping to revisit our community space and reconnect soon with an expansive and inclusive experience for educators in all religious schools.

As of October 2021

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For more information or to participate in the anthology please email

Hannah Yanow Researcher: hjyanow@dons.usfca.edu


Project:  Anthology of Queer Educators in Religious Schools (QEIRS) across the United States of America

Project Outcome: The creation of an anthology covering the personal journeys of Queer Educators in Religious Schools (QEIRS).

On December 9th, 2017, Queer Educators in Religious Schools came together to share in discussion, creation of safe space, sharing of personal stories, food, research, etc. For some, this was the first time that they had had the opportunity to share their personal journeys, struggles, and triumphs with other Queer Educators. The entire retreat began with each and every member sharing their story(ies) and, afterward, there was an incredible amount of interest in documenting these stories. Documenting and creating an anthology stories capturing this time, and the people in it, is of the utmost importance as we move forward in history.

The goal of this project is to complete qualitative research on the members of QEIRS in order to publish an anthology to share with other educators in religious schools; a reminder and validation that there are Queer Educators all over, and that even if one is in the closet they are not alone on this journey, especially within the context of religious schools. Coming Out may not be an option for all; it could make or break the individual’s career in education. This was represented in the QEIRS’ stories– being assumed to be straight was a safe route, and venturing outside of that norm was not an option for all.  

Following the mission of the University of San Francisco, “The university will distinguish itself as a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor sustained by a faith that does justice” this anthology will contribute to the snapshot of 2018: who are the teachers currently working in education and contributing to the overall understanding of what it means to work in a religious institution.

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