‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’: Less than 1 in 5 LGBT teachers come out over career fears

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02/07/2020

A ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ culture still exists in schools with a religious ethos when it comes to LGBT teachers. That is the finding of a new survey by the INTO which shows that 10% of teachers identify as LGBT. However, less than one in five LGBT teachers have come out to colleagues, parents or students over fears it could harm their career. Just 18% of LGBT teachers had declared their orientation within their school community. Securing a permanent contract is a significant influence for LGBT teachers in deciding whether or not to open up.

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