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Homophobia from colleagues


Steve said “Even in the late seventies, if you were going into teaching, you kept your sexuality quiet…things have changed now…gay teachers are not victimised…not bullied. It was in my interests to keep my sexuality quiet.”

“… (In the 70s) there were, in society’s mainstream beliefs, overt connections between homosexuality and paedophilia. Society’s views in general were that the two were synonymous.”

As a teacher, Steve faced more prejudices from colleagues within the education sector. At his first school, he was directly asked if he was gay by his headmaster and he lied to him, saying that he was not. At his second school, an international School in Barcelona in 1980, Steve says that he could have been sacked if his Headmaster knew.

Contributed by: Steve Ball, 49

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