Good morning, I'm heterosexual: A case in the closet in rural Australia

Belinda Downey

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The paper uses interview data from a case study about a teacher in rural Australia, to examine and think critically about issues related to sexuality and their connection to schooling in rural and regional settings. The project examines the negative images of closeted gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) teachers discussed in the research literature by exploring four participants' perceptions of these views. An aim was to discover the reasons behind why Australian gay educators choose to remain 'closeted' or not in the workplace. Another was to investigate if the existing research was portraying a broadly conceived impression of how closeted educators feel about their choices and the concurrent lifestyle that it entails.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalEducation in Rural Australia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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