Simon: I have witnessed teachers not keeping their contracts because they are living with partners outside of marriage or threatened because they were not married in the Catholic church. If you think it’s easy to say ‘teach in a government school’ you may not fully understand the commitment of faith these people have made, and how oversimplified your solution may be. All it takes is a priest or disgruntled parent to set fire to a LGBTQI+ staff member. Such is the power of discretion.
Bini: I’ve worked with various gay teachers in Catholic schools and there was never an issue.
Claire: I worked in Catholic schools too! I also knew of women forced to marry because they were pregnant, of couples keeping their living arrangements secret, of divorced teachers being shunned etc. This has to stop legally, so these things can never be held over anyone’s head again.