As a new teacher who is also trans, I’m very curious about how Ridley College feels about hiring lgbt staff members?
From a recent Ridley grad, I wanted to add my two cents. I think Ridley as a whole has no personal issues with hiring LGBT staff. Unfortunately when I refer to “Ridley” I mean the image that the collaborative (mutually destructive?) Ridley community uses to represent itself. This image is fairly synonymous with any other private schools’ image; one of professionalism and acceptance.
Unfortunately that’s not Ridley.
The honest truth is this: Ridley is fairly representational of modern society. All walks exist. There are a few faculty who are out, and there are many who are LGBT allies. There are homophobic Ridley teachers.
*Prepare for maelstrom of hate from ridley faculty*
The teachers exist. You will notice. You will hear the odd “gay” remark or a judging comment if there is something even pseudo-homo.
I’m not saying there are teachers who will consciously, intentionally treat others worse if they are LGBT. But there is the “uncomfort” factor from many faculty about the issue.
No it’s not okay.
But it’s the reality.
It’s the reality about students and faculty.
If you hear something, speak the hell up.
Call the person on it.
Make it uncomfortable FOR THEM because of their homophobia.
- Jacob Toms-Boudreau OR ‘13