so, I thought I'd share this little local scandal. A few years ago, a female high school gym teacher was "caught" by several male coworkers coming out of a locker room washroom with a female student. The teacher, Lindsay Willow, is a lesbian, and was accused of molesting the student. They were in fact putting away some gym equipment, had gotten their hands dirty, and were washing them in the washroom. The incident was investigated, and no charges were laid. The student involved denied any impropriety, and stood up for Lindsay – pretty brave for a 16 year old. Lindsay took the case recently to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, where she argued the incident hurt her chances of career advancement and was discriminatory. After several months of hearings, Lindsay won her case, and received a measly settlement from the HRM (that's Halifax Regional Municipality to you) school board. (The student also received an even measlier settlement.)In addition to the scandal of the discrimination against a lesbian teacher, the bigger scandal emerged when Lindsay announced that the Nova Scotia Teacher's Union offered her no support or congratulations, but paid the legal fees for one of the accusers! Not only that, but one of the accusers was recently given a post on the school board – I think it might even be the same guy! (Sorry, I forget if it is or not, if someone knows please verify!)
I think the actions of the union, of which this woman is a dues-paying member, is disgraceful. However, it gets worse! Last week, the school board released a survey – annual, perhaps? – and one of the questions asked teachers to disclose their sexual preference! They argue that the question is important to allow them to incorporate "diversity" into their schools! And, to top it all off, the teachers union decried the survey, saying that it left open the potential for discrimination! AS IF THEY CARE! They have a lot of nerve, in my opinion, to say something like that after not standing up and supporting Lindsay Willow!
MY question is: have you/would you fill out a workplace survey – or any other – that asked you about your sexual preference? If you are straight, would you feel differently were you gay/lesbian?