"It's only a phase": what not say when a pupil comes out

“I think I’m gay.”


This has to be pretty high on a list of situations they don’t properly prepare you for during teacher training. And yet, the way a teacher responds to this statement will have way more impact on a student than successfully integrating an interactive whiteboard into a history lesson.


A survey for LGBT Youth Scotland revealed that the average time a young person takes from realising they are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) to telling someone is three and a half years. This means a young person may have spent almost a quarter of their life getting to the point of opening up to someone.