Fan steals the show as teacher visits Oval office
A Rhode Island teacher who became a star on social media after displaying LGBT pride in a photograph taken with Donald Trump in the Oval Office said he had wanted to tell the president “antiLGBTQ policies have a body count”.
Nikos Giannopoulos, a special-education teacher in Woonsocket, visited the White House in April with other award-winning teachers and briefly met the president and first lady, but had no chance to talk. It was not until last Thursday that he posted to his Facebook page a photo that shows him in the official photo, above, wearing a rainbow badge and waving a lacy black fan.
By Friday afternoon it had been shared thousands of times on various social media platforms.
In a post three days after the White House visit, Giannopoulos wrote: “When I met the president … I did not know what to expect. He did not rise from his seat to present the National Teacher of the Year with her much deserved award nor did he allow her to speak.” After the ceremony, press reports detailed dissatisfaction among the teachers and families about the way the White House conducted the visit.
Trump campaigned as a friend to LGBT voters, though government figures including vice-president Mike Pence and attorney general Jeff Sessions are viewed with scepticism by LGBT campaigners.