A teacher who worked 18 years in a Minnesota Roman Catholic school was promptly fired after she announced that she is gay.

Kristen Ostendorf announced her sexuality during a teacher's workshop on August 21.

“I'm gay. I'm in a relationship with a woman. And I'm happy,” Ostendorft, 43, told her Totino-Grace High School colleagues.

The next day she was asked to resign. When she refused, she was fired.

Earlier this year, the school's president, Bill Hudson, was forced to resign after he acknowledged that he had been in a relationship with another man for 18 years.

“I'm not a big fan of silence,” Ostendorf told the MinnPost.com. “I'm not a fan of leaving the unnamed elephant in the room. I think silence is a huge problem. There's been criticism of Bill for having 'kept a secret.' And I think, really? He was doing a job he was called to do. But let's say he was keeping a secret, and I chose to not keep a secret. We're both gone. And the sad story is, I'd like to be the last person to be fired for who I loved, or for the gender of the person I love. But I won't be, probably, and the silence around it terrifies me.”

(Related: Students protest firing of gay teacher Ken Bencomo.)