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Jo is a teacher in a large primary school in a village in Southeast England. She tells me she is having counseling for depression and has taken time off school because she finds her personal life as a **** totally incompatible with her professional identity as a teacher. She said: "I find myself stopping mid-sentence in the classroom or the staffroom. I'm constantly worried, I'll say something that accidentally outs me to pupils and other teachers. It's exhausting and, although I love teaching, some days I feel as though I can't cope."
Jo is not unusual. I recently surveyed more than 100 ****, gay, bisexual (LGB) teachers in the UK and found that more than half (61%) of those in village schools have accessed help for depression and anxiety linked to their sexual identity and role as a teacher. This compared to 11% in cities and 14% in towns. Indeed, 46% of LGB teachers in village schools have been absent from work, compared with only 5% of teachers in towns and cities.
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Some respondents told us that they now avoid applying for posts in rural areas completely. Those that do get jobs in rural schools rarely stay very long. Sarah taught English in a village secondary school for a year, but returned to London after being warned by her headteacher not to come out as gay. She told me: "My head told me that if I was serious about leadership, I must never come out at school, as the parents wouldn't tolerate it. He added that 'lesbians don't become headteachers.'"
My research found that more than 40% of teachers in village schools thought that their sexual or gender identity had been a barrier to their promotion compared with an average of 15% of teachers in towns or cities. A third of teachers in...
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