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Coming out is now easier, but being out still isn’t normalised

Too many teachers still feel uncomfortable talking about their sexuality, says headteacher Jason Gilman-Hughes, who believes school leaders need to do more to encourage their staff to be as out as they want to be in the school environment

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Can you remember the moment when you declared to your colleagues, pupils and parents your sexual orientation? If you’re straight, married or in a relationship, the chances are you’ve probably “outed” yourself countless times without giving it a second thought. You know, those ordinary mentions of the husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend, as you’re queuing for the staffroom hot-water boiler thingy (does it have a proper name?)

Maybe it was an aside when talking to the children in your class about something you did recently with your family. It’s the same with colleagues: who could forget the ...

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