So, let's open up the discussion here. We have plenty of gay teachers with Classroom in the UK, whether it be through Classroom Canada, Classroom Australia, Classroom South Africa or Classroom London. Of course we do! We also have plenty of staff who are gay. We won't really talk openly about it, simply because we don't really talk about our personal lives unless we know each other quite well.
What's it like to be a gay teacher abroad? Well, it all depends on where you are. London has Soho - a few blocks in London that are filled with gay bars, gay shops, gay bookstores, gay this & that. It's where most people (gay or not!) go clubbing in London. If you like to dance, then Soho is where it's at. So, that's something for your personal life.
For your professional life - is London a gay-friendly place for teachers? Sure. Should you talk openly about this in school? Tough one to say really. It's a very grey area. Most of our schools are incredibly diverse, which means you will be teaching students of all religious backgrounds and cultures. I personally don't talk about my personal life in school, except in the staff room with my colleagues. Even then, I don't share all that much. It just doesn't seem appropriate, whether you're straight, gay, married, or single.
We all know that one teacher who tells everything and it's all just too much. You know what I mean. The teacher crying in the corner because her boyfriend didn't call last night. Stereotype? Sure. I've seen that teacher in a hundred different schools. So whether you're gay or straight, please keep it together! Cry about your relationship woes at home, not at school! That's my two cents anyway.
Here's an amazing resource if you'd like to really learn more about being a gay teacher abroad -Gay Teachers Overseas. It's a website that covers all the discussions points, including whether you should come out at school, or in the staff room, and how to deal with life in general while abroad. A Canadian teacher friend of mine started it when she realized how little information was out there about this subject. Whether you're gay or straight, please check it out & have a read.
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