Teacher’s photo showing LGBT pride next to Trump goes viral

Nikos Giannopoulos receives the 2016 Teacher of the Year award from Gov. Gina Raimondo in 2016. (WPRI/file)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Donald Trump.

The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos’ visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket and he is casually waving a lacey black fan alongside Trump, who is smiling and seated at his desk, and a standing first lady.

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.