“You were fired for being trans?!”

By , January 6, 2011 5:06 pm

I just got off the phone with the lawyer I’ve been working with on my job discrimination. The good news is the principal at Neal was super-receptive to having a meeting, and seemed eager to bring in other administrators and staff to make sure it’s effective. Hopefully the meeting will go well, and in a perfect world I’d be hired to train the staff, parents, and students on LGBT inclusion, perhaps in association with the incomparably awesome Safe School Alliance.

The frustrating part? The principal claimed this was the first he’d ever heard of the issue, and it must have been the Boys and Girls Club saying these things. (Despite the fact they’re hiring Piven – and by extension me – for a workshop starting next week.) Now, in all fairness, it’s possible he either doesn’t remember, or another administrator was the one who actually said something on the principal’s behalf without his knowledge. But still…

All in all, though, I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ll keep you posted in the coming weeks.

6 Responses to ““You were fired for being trans?!””

  1. Nate says:

    Love the first half, hate the second.

    Someone’s not taking responsibility, which is almost worse than open discrimination. Maybe if we don’t say anything, the issue will go away! Lame.

    I’m proud of you for being so proactive on this. That takes A LOT of courage, and I can’t think of a more talented, well-spoken advocate. You have our support!

    It’s like you were drafted for a war you didn’t necessarily want to fight, and you’re taking the reins with a steady, experienced hand. It would be so easy to react to hate with hate, but you’re coming back with love, and that’s going to make all the difference. Bravo.

  2. piny says:

    Well, if this means that the school doesn’t want to be seen as discriminatory, that’s all to the good. Maybe this will result in you being the last trans educator to be treated this way.

    I’d be a lot less skeptical of the principal’s claim to ignorance if there were any statement of support for trans educators. Even, “We are an equal-opportunity employer,” or somesuch. “Issue” doesn’t make me feel very optimistic.

    Still, what Nate said. You’re doing a very admirable thing here, and I hope it goes well for you and for the students who deserve a better school atmosphere.

    • Rebecca says:

      Well, this is second-hand info (through my lawyer) so it’s possible he said something like that. But you’re right, she probably would have mentioned it.


      But hopefully, if those policies aren’t in place, we’ll get ’em in place!

      • piny says:

        …Is there some constructive way to bring up the fact that you could have sued? Because other victims of transphobic discrimination might not be as nice as you are.

  3. michelle says:

    wow. glad to hear they’re receptive to the discussion, but that’s complete nonsense about the principal. i hope the whole thing goes well

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