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UK: Campaigners to research bullying against LGBT teachers

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  1. I hope this research will pay special attention to teachers at religious schools, where LGBT teachers may be in fear of their jobs, making it particularly difficult to tackle harassment by pupils.

    Some readers will have little sympathy for teachers working at anti-gay religious schools, since those adults have freely chosen to work for organisations with policies which can harm LGBT students.

    But in Northern Ireland, religious schools make up a huge proportion of the education system. Many LGBT teachers who want to remain in Northern Ireland have no choice but to work in a religious school with an anti-gay ethos. The situation of those teachers is very difficult, and bullying from students makes it even worse.

    LGBT teachers urgently need legal protection. The Labour government planned to introduce clear limits on religious groups’ ability to discriminate, but bottled it. The coalition has abandoned those plans. The government needs to fix this loophole, and soon.

    1. David Jordan 5 Dec 2013, 5:24pm

      It’s the same down in the republic too, the Catholic Church controls practically all schools in Ireland and LGBT teachers are at risk of being fired for being LGBT as there is an exception in anti-discrimination laws, I can also tell you from experance that most schools do little or nothing to deal with homophobic bullying and many teachers engage in it themselves.

  2. Erica Cook 6 Dec 2013, 12:11am

    You’re lucky to have this help as an option. There are still parts of the US where gays aren’t allowed to teach. Reporting such harassment could lead to them losing their job.

  3. Andrew Dobbin 8 Dec 2013, 3:52pm

    Will this research also include the LGBT teachers, who like me were driven out of the profession, not necessarily by the homophobic students but by the cult of verisimilitude amongst senior teachers that allows them to turn a blind eye to such bullying then, via one of their infamous “strategy meetings”, blame the victim?

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