In April, teachers of the year from each state descended on the White House to meet with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as well as President Trump and the First Lady. One of them stood out from the rest. Nikos Giannopoulos, Rhode Island’s teacher, showed up to the event with a rainbow pin and black lace fan.
At the time, Giannopoulos wrote on Facebook that he decided to wear the pin to the event "to represent my gratitude for the LGBTQ community that has taught me to be proud, bold, and empowered by my identity - even when circumstances make that difficult." While the fan was to "celebrate the joy and freedom of gender nonconformity."