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Pride Report 2023 

The Lived Experiences of LGBTQ+ Teachers in Scotland 

A first of its kind. 

For the first time a report has been created in capturing the lived experienced of 108 LGBTQ+ teachers across Scotland from all educational sectors (Early years, Primary, Secondary and beyond). It has been launched on the 29th June 2023 as part of PRIDE Month.

The report shows that the majority of openly out LGBTQ+ educators in their settings were educated post Section 28 and the ongoing impact of that policy is still creating backlash for those who survived it. Despite the repeal of Section 28, the introduction of the Equality Act (2010) and the Equal Marriage Act (2015) there have been in recent times a backlash, fuelled by moral panic and propaganda, about anything LGBTQ+ and schools. Schools should be a beacon of hope for young people to explore community and their identity but it’s becoming  toxic environment to navigate for staff.

“I feel that around 3/4 years ago there was an appetite from inclusion, encompassing of LGBT issues. However, more recently I believe there is a societal eye-roll at play in that most people believe inclusion has been achieve and they are over it / sick of hearing about it. This is disconcerting for the continued furtherance of LGBTQ+ inclusion. It is also concerning re: the emaciated uptake in the UNCRC in our context.” Said one participant.

Few would disagree that in order to flourish educationally, young people need access to diverse role models, committed teachers, and authentic school leaders. When LGBTQ+ leaders become visible within their school communities, they embody a distinct and exceptional type of leadership that supports all learners; no matter of their background or ability.

John Naples-Campbell from the LGBTQ+ Teachers Network (Scotland) said ‘This report is important, it gives us a moment in the profession, that 22 years after Section 28 – it is still incredibly challenging for queer educators. I’m proud of the honesty in this report from the participants. Some of the comments are not easy to read and it’s clear we have pockets of excellence in councils across the country but it’s not happening for everyone. Teachers should be able to go to work and do their job without fear. That is a basic. I’ve devoted my whole life to creating safe classrooms for all students but that is now shifting towards creating the same safe spaces for staff too.’

As one participants said ‘Accept people as people, try to understand the challenges that come with being part of the LGBTQ+ community and above all have compassion for all.’

To read the report please click on the download button below to access the pdf. 

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