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Posted on October 3, 2018 4:58 pm
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reLuWe
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Being a Gay Teacher
Mr. Harris is going to a job interview for a Physics Teacher position. His academic preparation is outstanding and his results as a teacher speak for themselves. He has been married to his husband David for 3 years and is scared his sexual orientation would hinder the process. He is scared to disclaim his sexual orientation during the interview.
What advice would you give Mr. Harris?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 21, 2019 6:08 pm

Desiree Boyd
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Your sexual orientation should not be discussed during an interview because of that being personal and not professional. Plus it is 2019, and being LBQT+ should be accepted anywhere and should not interfere with your career choices.
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gyGara
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That is true. Additionally, if you feel like you are being discriminated against by the school, you should talk to your union rep.
  Posted on: February 25, 2019 1:14 am

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Solution 2
Posted October 11, 2018 9:00 pm

uTaGuv
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Dependent on the school, district, and state's policies and laws regarding people of varying sexual orientation, it may be very concerning to disclose that type of information. Especially as the news voices many of the horror stories about people getting fired or not offered a job because of sexual orientation.
I would say that Mr. Harris should not worry about a situation in which that becomes a question to his abilities as a teacher. If, during the interview process, there is any reference or question to sexual orientation, I would recommend respectfully saying, "While I appreciate this opportunity to meet with you, I don't believe that (question) relates to my qualifications."
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Solution 3
Posted February 23, 2020 6:07 pm

aParyR
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It is not something that needs to be discussed. They would not have the right to question your sexual preferences. When working with extremely conservative community it may be best not to say your sexual orientation.
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Solution 4
Posted October 6, 2020 6:05 pm

Danielle Greaux
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Mr. Harris’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with his position to become a physics teacher, therefore, I do not think Mr. Harris should bring up him being married to another man during the interview.
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Solution 5
Posted October 7, 2020 1:59 am

JyLaVe
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I don't think that disclosing that information is necessary. It does not affect his ability to teach or affect the type of person he is. His sexual orientation is not anyone's business.
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Solution 6
Posted October 7, 2020 1:47 pm

medega
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As mentioned in other solutions, it is irrelevant to the job. However, I saw someone suggest lying, I do not believe that is a wise choice, I think if the question of whether or not you have family is also irrelevant, but if inclined to answer I would answer truthfully.
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Solution 7
Posted July 7, 2019 9:31 pm

sygaru
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If Mr. Harris is worried, I suggest that he not bring it up at all during the interviewing process. I would not blame him for lying about his orientation if he feels it would help him. Personally, I would tell an interview who asked me about my orientation that my sexuality is irrelevant to my qualifications. If the interviewer asks a more harmless question such as "Do you have a family, Mr. Harris?", Mr. Harris can lie and say that he lives alone, or has a roommate.
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