Educators' beliefs about raising lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in the schools: the experience in Ontario, Canada

Case Studies & Research
25 p.
Periodical title
Journal of LGBT Youth, Vol. 5(4)

This study investigated the experiences of 132 LGBT and heterosexual teachers and school administrators in Ontario, Canada. Participants completed a survey that asked about their comfort addressing LGBT issues in the school setting, how safe they felt, how active they were, and their perceptions of barriers. There were few differences between the LGBT and heterosexual respondents. However, respondents whose school district had an anti-LGBT harassment policy felt more supported, comfortable, and protected. Respondents were more concerned about negative reactions from parents and students than from colleagues or administrators. Implications for addressing LGBT issues in school settings are discussed.

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