By Rachel Pratt
Equality and acceptance of LGBT teachers in the New Zealand education system is still far from established.
Discrimination can be subtle, such as whispering the word ‘gay’ so that the children can’t hear, but can also be obvious and inappropriate through direct discrimination and exclusion.
Teachers, and particularly leaders, in early childhood education have a responsibility to promote an inclusive environment where LGBT teachers feel welcome and included.
By supporting LGBT teachers and ensuring that the programme includes diversity in the area of sexual orientation, we can help children to remain open to people’s differences in all areas of life and to understand that these differences are to be celebrated in each person’s unique identity.
This article provides perspectives and will help you to toward ensuring inclusive employment practices, a respectful environment, and tips for supporting staff facing discrimination from parents or others.
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