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What is it? OutTeacher.org is a website to help LGBT teachers be the role models they needed when they were younger. Nobody should feel they need to hide who they are at school, but we recognise that this is harder in some schools than others. Simply by being adults who are comfortable being openly gay, bisexual, lesbian or trans* then …

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Schools need to create an environment to help LGBT teachers come out, writes @russellhobby for @tes

School leaders need to support their LGBT staff if they decide to be open, including backing them if parents decide to complain, writes the leader of a heads’ union Reviewing Stonewall’s latest list of the 100 best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staffrecently, I was struck by the fact that although there were a few local authorities and universities, …

out_teacherSchools need to create an environment to help LGBT teachers come out, writes @russellhobby for @tes
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Homophobic bullying still a problem for LGBT teachers | @NASUWT

The overwhelming majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teachers have experienced bullying and harassment related to their sexuality during their careers, a conference organised by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, has heard. LGBT teachers from across the country gathered in Birmingham for the NASUWT’s LGBT Consultation Conference to discuss the challenges facing them as teachers, the impact …

out_teacherHomophobic bullying still a problem for LGBT teachers | @NASUWT
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Mr Cargill, the teacher (who is gay) | @chicargill

This story originally appeared on Jerome Cargill’s blog – find him at @chicargill Earlier this week a story aired about me on Seven Sharp, a current affairs news programme in New Zealand. It profiled me as a gay teacher working with colleagues that are also open about their sexualities and how we are supporting students with their own identities. This story …

out_teacherMr Cargill, the teacher (who is gay) | @chicargill
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Being out was never in question | @Sara_KostMN

This is an original blog post by Sara Kost (@Sara_KostMN), an out teacher from Minneapolis. It was never a question for me, whether or not to be out at school. Even throughout my undergrad, in all of my education classes, and during my student teaching, I was out. After coming out when I was 16, there was no way, I decided, no …

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Coming out at school has really helped my students | @emmabaldry

Emma Baldry (@emmabaldry) is a secondary supply/substitute teacher in Merseyside, England. She is co-ordinating an education area at this year’s Liverpool Pride, predominantly aimed at families and children to educate them about the LGBT community. Emma is running a Liverpool Pride competition for the schools in Merseyside, with the aim of increasing LGBT visibility (for students and teachers) in primary and secondary …

out_teacherComing out at school has really helped my students | @emmabaldry
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I think I’m out now – The aftermath of coming out in a national newspaper.

This article originally appeared on Not A Second Class Teacher blog It seems like a lifetime ago now, when I was beginning to come to terms with my sexuality, I turned to the internet for support. It was a desperate and almost fruitless search to find any trace of personal accounts from other Irish LGBT teachers. Were any LGBT teachers out …

out_teacherI think I’m out now – The aftermath of coming out in a national newspaper.