Aug 4, 2013
“Often, LGBT educators are less likely to say something in response to homophobia, because then they might be perceived as gay,” Dr. Wright is quoted as saying. She went on to say that in turn, teachers felt that self-identifying or being perceived as LGBT might endanger their jobs.
Her team found that a majority of interviewees had reservations about coming out at school and many went so far as to say that they did not feel it was safe to do so. Many also felt it wouldn’t be safe to come out to parents.
A third of respondents expressed concerns about losing their jobs if they were to come out to other teachers, while a sizable 62% of teachers worried that they would lose their jobs if they came out to students.