Gay Friendly Cities for Teachers

  • MichVBPlayer2...

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    Jan 19, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    So I'm a teacher who is graduating soon and looking for jobs. I was wondering if there are any gay teachers out there who can recommend their city/state. I want a place where I can have a good teaching job first and foremost, but would also like a place where there is an active gay scene as well. I'm not planning on being "Out" at work, so that aspect doesn't really interest me. Just hoping to get some input from guys in the know.
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    Jan 19, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    Pity you are American. Based on the number of gay teachers I have met playing sports in Toronto, my town is very comfortable with gay teachers. We also have a very strong human rights code which does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • MichVBPlayer2...

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    Jan 19, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidPity you are American. Based on the number of gay teachers I have met playing sports in Toronto, my town is very comfortable with gay teachers. We also have a very strong human rights code which does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.


    Toronto is a close second on my list of top cities I want to move to. I love to visit there and have never had a bad trip. First is San Diego but only because I'm such a volleyball nut.
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    Jan 19, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    What do you plan on teaching? I am qualified to be a Social Studies teacher, but the job market is so bad for them I know people who have been looking for work for five years. If you are in math, the sciences you should have no trouble just about anywhere (I don't know about elementary ed, as secondary and elem ed people are segregated).

    Have you been to a teacher recruitment fair? Some school districts like Las Vegas and Raleigh travel the country looking for teachers.
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    Jan 19, 2009 6:19 PM GMT
    I had gay friends who were very secure teaching in the Seattle school system, which seems quite gay-friendly. They do have a tight budget right now, though, and the outlying suburbs could be problematic regarding gays.

    I also have openly gay & lesbian friends who teach in South Florida public schools without difficulty. But a Republican governor & legislature are slashing education funds, with lots of layoffs. North of Lake Okeechobee becomes red-neck conservative, with Orlando a gay-friendly island.

    I know a guy who got fired from a school near here, likely because he was gay, but his dismissal was officially based on other questionable reasons. It was a private religious school, however, so that's a special case situation.
  • MichVBPlayer2...

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    Jan 19, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidWhat do you plan on teaching? I am qualified to be a Social Studies teacher, but the job market is so bad for them I know people who have been looking for work for five years. If you are in math, the sciences you should have no trouble just about anywhere.


    I'm qualified to teach secondary Math and English. I'm also hoping to coach either swimming and diving or volleyball.
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    Jan 19, 2009 6:46 PM GMT
    i'd say minneapolis, mn
  • Freddo

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    Jan 19, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidPity you are American. Based on the number of gay teachers I have met playing sports in Toronto, my town is very comfortable with gay teachers. We also have a very strong human rights code which does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.


    There are plenty of places here that do the same. Any state that is worth living in has employment protections for gay employees. I hope Obama makes it nationwide, but any state that state that I would possibly consider living in now has protections for gays.
  • westguy79

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    Jan 19, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    Minneapolis MN sounds like a good choice. Very liberal area!

    I live in chicago and I'm a teacher. I think its good. I'm also from San Diego. From my understanding, the teaching job market is not that good all around, but especially in San Diego. Look at the areas you want to go to and go to the local county's regional office of education (ROE). That should give you an idea of the vacancies you can expect. Most jobs hire between now and end of march. good luck!