Gay TEFL teachers

Gay TEFL teachers and teaching English abroad

Gay TEFL teachers and the “Global Attitudes” project

Should gay TEFL teachers be concerned about being accepted within the teaching community?

This is a delicate topic, because like it or not, no one is ever sure if being gay is not a big deal in certain parts of the world. Luckily, in many countries, anti-gay sentiment is dropping and in some countries, it has virtually disappeared.

Being gay is no more or less acceptable than being heterosexual.

  • Being gay is not something that was a decision.
  • Being heterosexual is not something that was a decision.

The problem with gay TEFL teachers has nothing to do with being gay TEFL teachers. The problem is the fact that intolerance still exists in some parts of the world.

From our perspective, a student is a student. As long as the student meets our course entry requirements, behaves professionally and does the work; that is the end of the story.

Gay TEFL teachers face a challenge that is not of their own making. Choosing a country in which to teach. The nice thing about being a TEFL certified teacher is that the skill is portable. The problem for gay TEFL teachers is choosing a country. Should it be gay tolerant? If it is not gay tolerant, what are the risks and what level of subterfuge is needed to have a peaceful life.

For anyone concerned about unfair or bad treatment, we have done some research and drawn a couple of graphs based on a study undertaken by the Pew Research Centre in the USA.

Pew Research Centre statistics, the “Global Attitudes” project

In 2013, the Pew Research Centre ran a project called “Global Attitudes”. Part of the survey asked two questions to people in 39 countries.

  1. Homosexuality should be accepted by society. Agree or disagree?
  2. Homosexuality should not be accepted by society. Agree or disagree?

The following graphs show the results from the Pew Research Centre’s findings as published in “Societal attitudes towards homosexuality”.

Top 10 countries stating that homosexuality should be accepted by society

Top 10 countries stating that homosexuality should be accepted by society

The clear winner is Spain where almost 90% of the surveyed population stated that being gay should be accepted.

Spain, Canada, France, Britain and Argentina allow gay marriages and unions.

Top 10 countries stating that homosexuality should NOT be accepted by society

Top 10 countries stating that homosexuality should NOT be accepted by society

The clear loser is Nigeria where 98% of the surveyed population stated that being gay should NOT be accepted.

Raw data from the Pew Research Center

Taken from “Societal attitudes towards homosexuality”.

Q1. homosexuality should be accepted.Q2. homosexuality should not be accepted.
RankCountry
% who agree
% who agree
1Spain
88%
11%
2Germany
87%
11%
3Canada
80%
14%
4Czech Republic
80%
16%
5Australia
79%
18%
6France
77%
22%
7Britain
76%
18%
8Italy
74%
18%
9Argentina
74%
21%
10Philippines
73%
26%
11Chile
68%
24%
12Mexico
61%
30%
13United States
60%
33%
14Brazil
60%
36%
15Japan
54%
36%
16Greece
53%
40%
17Venezuela
51%
42%
18Bolivia
43%
49%
19Poland
42%
46%
20Israel
40%
47%
21South Korea
39%
59%
22El Salvador
34%
62%
23South Africa
32%
61%
24China
21%
57%
25Lebanon
18%
80%
26Russia
16%
74%
27Turkey
9%
78%
28Malaysia
9%
86%
29Kenya
8%
90%
30Palestine
4%
93%
31Uganda
4%
96%
32Egypt
3%
95%
33Jordan
3%
97%
34Indonesia
3%
93%
35Ghana
3%
96%
36Senegal
3%
96%
37Tunisia
2%
94%
38Pakistan
2%
87%
39Nigeria
1%
98%

Our take on this is that in any profession, one’s sexual preference does not enter the interviewing skills list.

To us, it’s the least important because the most important items on the check list are work experience, training, educational qualifications, personality as shown at interview time and professionalism.

If an interviewer is happy with a TEFL job candidate, then chances are his/her students will feel the same way too.

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