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Discrimination based on sexual orientation in K–12 education is not prohibited in many school districts across the United States. Teachers who are of the sexual minority (gay, lesbian, or bisexual) must remain closeted or risk losing their jobs. A history of past court decisions and laws deeming sexual minorities to be degenerates from which children should be protected, coupled with little legal protection for sexual minorities, have pressured many educators into remaining quiet about their identity. …
América Latina y El Caribe es territorio cultural diverso, que se iguala en las características del estigma y discriminación que aplica a personas lesbianas, trans, gays, bisexuales, intersexuales. De acuerdo al estudio 'Homofobia de Estado 2009' de ILGA, en LAC existen 11 países que penalizan la homosexualidad. En los países en que esto no es así, de igual forma, existe una práctica punitiva legitimada, que refleja la exclusión cultural de la orientación sexual no heterosexual y de las prácticas que se le asocian.
This research provides important information on how to create climates where all educators feel safe, protected and valued within their schools. Ultimately, students will not excel to their full potential if all of their teachers do not feel safe and fully supported by their workplace environments. LGBT educators need then to work in as supportive a school climate as heterosexual educators. It is suspected they do not, but little quantitative evidence exists in the literature to know whether this is true. This study sought to fill this gap.