To LGBT Coaches, Schools Don’t Seem Like Safe Spaces

Schools will be expected to teach sexuality, sex and health education in England (RSHE), which includes LGBT links, as from September 2020. For the first time, this ensures that pupils know all types of families and relationships, and not just heterosexual ones.

Inside the school gates, some parents and christians have protested against the initiatives the schools that are now educating LGBT people under the No Outsider Programme. The demonstrations were so violent that a school in the Birmingham neighborhood of Anderton Park successfully applied for an order to prohibit further demonstrations in the immediate area of the school.

Some of LGBT teachers from the Section 28 period (1988-2003) were told by the demonstrations and related media coverage that the Conservative government chaired a state-sanctioned suppression of LGBT identities in schools and local government.

While Section 28 ended in 2003, it is clear that the sexuality of LGBT teachers persists in schools to trigger moral panic. In reality, my work reveals that the main fear of LGBT professors is that their LGBT identity would suit hyper-sexuality and pedophilia with their parents. In English schools, there are nearly 50,000 LGBT teachers. Under the 2010 Equality Act, schools are responsible for shielding LGBT teachers from workplace abuse. Yet in my study, LGBT teachers claim that the policies of fair rights do not automatically make their schools healthier.

Continued Terror

The Education Department (DfE) has sought to plan for the implementation of RSHE. In October 2019, the Committee released guidelines on intervention in LGBT education for primary schools. The DfE anticipates a breakdown that entails the public victimisation of teachers by means of social media or personal abuse. It calls on school administrators to contact the police, take legal action if necessary and make direct comments to journalists if demonstrations or threats occur.

The protests to date have shown how insecure LGBT teachers are. Andrew Moffat, assistant Head Leader, Birmingham Parkfield School, was particularly interested in the use of LGBT storybooks and celebrated distinction. He received death threats and police told him how to go to and from school.

Effects of The mind

It is clear that more homophobic demonstrations would have a huge effect on the safety and welfare of LGBT students. My research has also shown that 64% of LGBT educators suffered from a serious episode of anxiety or depression related to their sexual orientation or gender and their role in teaching. This contrasts with just 31% of the teaching population as stated in the 2018 Teacher Wellbeing Survey, who have a mental health problem.

I asked participants what they wanted to concentrate on in their next lessons during a recent leadership workshop for LGBT teachers. The party was one-sided. They needed the implementation of new LGB T-Relations, sex and health curriculum to “overcome” personal support, wondering what this would mean for them as LGBT teachers.