Nikos Giannopoulos brought Pride to the Oval Office.
One teacher from Rhode Island not only received the award for Teacher of the Year, he also got a photo op in the White House alongside President Trump and First Lady Melania.
The photograph shows Nikos Giannopoulos fanning himself with a black lace fan and wearing a Pride pin.
The support Giannopoulos has received after posting the photo on social media has been immense.
His update was simple: “Rhode Island Teacher of the Year 2017 meets the 45th President of the United States. That's all.”
The photo has been liked several thousand times and shared hundreds.
In an interview with The Hill, Giannopoulos said, “It was a great honor to be received in the Oval Office, and it really meant a lot to me that I was able to express myself authentically and represent for my community.”
In his Facebook feed the educator described his meeting with Trump:
“For my trip to the White House, I wore a rainbow pin 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.”
“I wore a blue jacket with a bold print and carried a black lace fan to celebrate the joy and freedom of gender nonconformity,” he said.
The teacher does not mention Trump by name in a lengthy post in which he describes his day at The White House.
“When I think back to my time in the White House, I will not remember the person seated at the desk,” he wrote.
He instead honors the educators who challenged, “structural barriers of race, gender, socioeconomic status, home language, immigration status, sexual orientation, and much more.”
President Trump as still not recognized June as Pride Month.
According to his profile, Giannopoulos works as a Secondary Inclusion Teacher at Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.