'Spectacularly Exposed and Vulnerable' How Irish Equality Legislation Subverted the Personal and Professional Security of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Teachers

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Title: 'Spectacularly Exposed and Vulnerable' How Irish Equality Legislation Subverted the Personal and Professional Security of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Teachers
Authors: Fahie, Declan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7158
Date: Apr-2016
Online since: 2016-09-14T01:00:10Z
Abstract: International studies have consistently highlighted the challenges experienced by Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) teachers from around the world as they negotiate their personal and professional identities within the context of an often hostile work environment, In Ireland, the education system remains heavily influenced by denominational mores, particularly those of the Roman Catholic Church. Unsurprisingly, with the declaration by the Roman Catholic Church that homosexuality was 'intrinsically disordered' (Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, 2003), LGB teachers’ professional identity is often (in)formed by fear as well as perceived, or actual, harassment, bullying and overt discrimination. This study represents the first in-depth examination of the apparent contradiction between EU law (Employment Equality Directive - 2000/78/EC) and the derogation afforded organizations with denominational ethos in Irish equality legislation which explicitly permitted discrimination in order to protect that ethos from being 'undermined' (Section 37(1), Employment Equality Acts, 1998-2011). Drawing on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with twenty-three, LGB Irish primary school teachers, the research reveals the tensions which exist between the competing (and legitimate) rights of faith organizations to protect their values against those of LGB workers 'to working conditions which respect his or her health, safety and dignity' (Article 31, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights).
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage Publications
Journal: Sexualities
Volume: 19
Issue: 4
Start page: 393
End page: 411
Copyright (published version): 2015 Sage Publications
Keywords: Gay teachersLegislationHomophobiaFoucaultSchools
DOI: 10.1177/1363460715604331
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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