“I had to lead a hidden life in some way”: Identities of LGBT elementary school teachers
This study focused on identities of six LGBT elementary school teachers in Southern City, USA, a metropolitan area in the southeastern United States. Specifically, it focused on how these teachers perceive themselves in schools that represents societal norms of gender and heterosexuality. This study examined how LGBT elementary school teachers presented themselves to students and parents, as well as other school faculty, administrators, and staff and the implications that were incurred due to their choices. A series of three interviews were completed with the study participants. These interviews discussed their life history, details of their experiences, and reflection on their practices. The data analysis was framed in performativity and positioning theory in order to examine the participants positioned themselves in relation to storied contexts and also to examine how they were able to shift their identities in various contexts.
Narratives were crafted from the participants’ interviews in order to place the findings in context of their lived experiences. The four main themes that emerged from the interview data were those of the shifting identities based on context, the use of language to position the self in relation to context and to manage identities, private versus public identity management, and the subversive nature of religion in the schools.
0524: Elementary education