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A Teacher of the Year's Photo With Trump Is Going Viral

Thanks to a rainbow pin and black fan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2017 7:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Trump, the AP reports. The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos' visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket; he is casually waving a lacy black fan alongside Trump, who is smiling and seated at his desk, and a standing first lady.

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Giannopoulos posted the photo to his Facebook page on Thursday, and it has been shared thousands of times on social media. In a previous post, Giannopoulos said he wore the pin "to represent my gratitude for the LGBTQ community" and brought the fan "to celebrate the joy and freedom of gender nonconformity." Trump met with Teacher of the Year winners on April 26 at their traditional White House visit. (Read more LGBT stories.)

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