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Teacher Says She Was Fired For Refusing to Use Male Name for Transgender Student

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A Houston-area woman says she was fired from her teaching job for refusing to address a six-year-old transgender child born a female with his preferred male name.

An attorney for Madeline Kirksey, who filed a discrimination suit against her former employer at the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas, said the child care facility had violated his client’s religious rights, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

The suit was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “At her age she was indecisive, some days she wanted to be a girl, some days she wanted to be a boy, it was according to what situation she got in that day,” said Kirksey, according to local television outlet ABC 13.

A Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center representative told the Houston Chronicle that Kirksey’s dismissal was not related to the transgender child but declined to comment further on a personnel issue.

The lawsuit comes the week after Houston resident voted to strike down an anti-discrimination ordinance that protected transgender people among other protected classes.

[Houston Chronicle]

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