The purpose of this reflective single case study was to explore one woman’s perspectives on learning from childhood to adulthood. Though friendly, gregarious, and well-liked, she never quite fit in with others. Well into adulthood, she realized she was gay, prompting her to reflect on her formal and informal education, professional experiences, and personal relationships. Qualitative data were collected via semi-structured interviews and analyzed using Freire’s (1970) conscientization as an underlying framework. The subject openly discussed her struggles, successes, and worldview, candidly reflecting on where the system failed her and how she hopes educators will seize opportunities to learn alongside students left behind by heterocisnormative hegemony in the classroom.

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