Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBTQ International Educators: Voices from the Field



international teachers, sexual and gender diversity, inclusivity, recommendations


The purpose of this paper is to centralize and amplify LGBTQ international educators’ voices on how to expand school inclusivity to consider their complex realities. Seventeen LGBTQ international educators were interviewed as to what recommendations they would make to school leaders that could improve work situations for LGBTQ international staff and to future LGBTQ international educators who seek a global career. An analysis of the recommendations revealed four themes in the data: pre-departure preparation, finding community, cultural navigation, and school leadership. A core finding is that sexuality and gender are not neutral in international schools and that LGBTQ international educators require different kinds of support than their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts.