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LGBT+ in the classroom: I am (not) what I am

Being a teacher sometimes requires us to forcibly gather our strength to make it through the gates. Gathering strength, gearing up, putting on one’s armour – but must it also include denying one’s self? Nadine Pittam discusses the challenges of being an LGBT+ teacher

I have had a long and successful teaching career and I am proud of the relationships I have built and the differences I have made, but I have crushed part of myself in order to do it. I have always believed that if I am a good enough classroom practitioner, then the issue of me being queer will not raise its head.

And, to be fair, it has not raised its head in my classroom. Ever. But it has prowled around me as I have walked the corridors and done my break duties; it has even (almost literally) smacked me in the face during a cover lesson.

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