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Study Finds Over Half of Transgender Teachers Harassed at Work

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A new study of transgender and nonbinary teachers found many are facing some form of harassment at work.

NPR asked 79 teachers in the U.S. and Canada about their experiences, of which 56 percent said they experienced some type of harassment. That includes 20 percent facing some form of verbal harassment and 17 percent being asked to change how they present themselves while working.

"I was horribly harassed by a coworker and very little was done about it," nonbinary educator Lauren Heckathorne said. "The focus was on making [the harasser] more comfortable."

Forty percent of those teachers find the kids they teach more supportive of their gender identity than the adults they work with.

 


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