ERIC Number: EJ1021741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Coming out as a Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Teacher: Negotiating Private and Professional Worlds
Gray, Emily M.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v13 n6 p702-714 2013
This paper examines the "coming out" decisions at work of four lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) teachers in England. It argues that such decisions are complicated by heteronormative discursive practices within schools that render LGB sexualities silent while simultaneously demanding that they are spoken. This double bind for LGB teachers as well as the professional and personal implications of choosing to come out or not to come out within the workplace is examined. The paper demonstrates that three choices dominate participants' experiences of coming out at work: to speak to no one at work about the private world, to come out to colleagues and to come out to colleagues and students. The paper posits, however, that the narrative devices deployed within coming out (at work) stories are limited by linguistic techniques that constrain the telling of sexual selves to the binary categories of straight or gay/lesbian. The possibilities for teachers whose lives and experiences interrupted the dominant heteronormative discourse are also examined.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Homosexuality, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Decision Making, Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Sexual Identity, Semi Structured Interviews, Privacy, Work Environment, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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