For many LGBT students who brave coming out at school, the harsh reality is getting bullied the hell out of. Schools themselves are rarely set up to cope with young people considering their sexual identities, and those thinking of leaving the confines of the closet are hardly encouraged by the institutional lack of support and near total invisibility of LGBT figures or culture across the curriculum. School is a tough enough gig without having to worry about coming out.
It doesn’t get much easier for teachers, either. As well as dealing with the same discouraging factors that students face – namely, getting called a “faggot” in the playground – LGBT teachers also have to contend with resistance, even abuse, from senior management, co-workers and parents. Those that do come out often find an already challenging job becomes even harder.