July 29, 2013

LGBT teachers are less likely to challenge homophobic behavior or language in the classroom or in the staff room, according to a new study.

The study, which surveyed 350 teachers and school principals, found that gay and lesbian teachers are less likely than their heterosexual counterparts to discipline students who engage in homophobic bullying. LGBT teachers as a whole were also less likely to challenge homophobic language or slurs when they are used in the classroom.

“Often, LGBT educators are less likely to say something in response to homophobia, because then they might be perceived as gay,” said Dr Tiffany Wright of Millersville University, who conducted the study. “They’re fearful for their job, or fearful of the repercussions of being seen as gay.”