Help at hand for gays and lesbians

4th December 1998 at 00:00
Congratulations on publishing the article "Straight and narrow" (TES, Friday Magazine, November 20).

Reva Klein made a very important point in illustrating that while the general population can be accepting of government ministers being gay and out, the situation faced by gay and lesbian teachers is altogether different. The accounts given by those interviewed are only too typical of the experiences of the majority of gay and lesbian teachers.

I hope that the article will lead to a constructive debate in the educational world and make for a tolerant working environment where teachers will not have to lead double lives.

I also know of a student who, as a postgraduate, had to write a master's thesis on homophobia under a pseudonym. It really is a sorry state of affairs when one fears to write ground-breaking research under one's own name in case of losing one's livelihood.

Readers might like to know that there are gay and lesbian teacher support groups in London, Brighton, Bristol, South Wales, Birmingham, the East Midlands, and Newcastle upon Tyne.

I am secretary of the South Wales Gay and Lesbian Teachers' Group and can be contacted on 01443 741737.

Howard Llewellyn

Secretary of the South Wales Gay and Lesbian Teachers' Group 2 Walker Street Abercynon, Mid Glamorgan

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