LONDON — More than half of LGB teachers in rural schools in the U.K. (64 percent) have sought treatment for depressions and anxiety linked to feeling the need to stay closeted vs. 11 percent in cities and 14 percent in towns according to a new study reported on by The Conversation.
Also, 46 percent of rural gay teachers have been absent from work vs. 5 percent in towns and cities. The study was executed by Catherine Lee, deputy dean for education at Anglia Ruskin University.
The research found that more than 40 percent of teachers in village schools thought that their sexual or gender identity had been a barrier to their promotion compared with an average of 15 percent of teachers in towns or cities. A third of teachers in village schools had left a role because of homophobia compared with 17 percent of teachers in schools in towns or cities, The Conversation reports.
In addition, 31 percent of teachers in rural schools reported hearing homophobic language every day, compared with only 2 percent of urban teachers.
Almost a third of LGB teachers in village schools said that they were not able to be themselves in the school staffroom and kept their personal lives a secret from their colleagues. In towns and cities, 98 percent of LGB teachers were out to at least some school staff but not to pupils and their parents, The Conversation reports.