LGBTI teachers in UK bullied
On the eve of the first same-sex weddings in the UK, a report released by the UK Teacher Support Network has revealed two thirds of school staff polled feel they are ill-prepared to teach LGBTI issues or talk about same-sex marriage and many feel bullied in the workplace.
The report also suggested a large number of LGBTI staff faced discrimination from pupils and colleagues. Close to half had experienced harassment from colleagues and an alarming 68 percent were discriminated against by students. 48 percent reported being personally discriminated against because of their sexuality. For one fifth of those surveyed, discrimination had been so bad they even considered quitting teaching.
Julian Stanley, chief executive of the Teacher Support Network, told Gay Star News: “For many teachers their sexuality has resulted in severe levels of discrimination by students but also surprisingly by colleagues as well.
“This has left some LGBT teachers unable to do their job properly, affected their mental wellbeing and even left them considering leaving the profession altogether. The focus of LGBT policy in schools has tended to be on students, but teachers need to be equally supported.”