“Transmasculine” Teacher Receives $60k Payout for Collegues’ ‘Wrong Pronoun’ Usage

When a transgender person gets offended a person’s choice of pronouns, one would assume that that person had at least been told previously whether “he” or she” was more appropriate. In the case of Leo Soell, choosing a pronoun took years of reflection. After switching back and forth, Soell chose “they” and immediately claimed harassment when the other teachers at the school didn’t comply right away.

A “transmasculine” teacher at an Oregon elementary school has been awarded $60,000 by her school district as compensation for harassment she claims to have suffered on the job, including being referred to by the wrong pronoun.

According to The Oregonian, Leo Soell was born a woman, but now prefers to identify as “transmasculine” and “genderqueer,” meaning she does not consider herself to be male or female. After getting breast cancer in late 2014, she had her breasts amputated to create a more masculine appearance and changed her name to Leo. Once she returned from medical school in May, 2015, Soell was fully public with her gender-neutral identity.

Apparently a transgender people get years in order to finally figure out what they would like to be called, but once they make that decision, those around them get mere moments to remember what they’ve decided. If they forget, their actions are considered harassment worthy of a $60k fine. Ridiculous.

Source: The Daily Caller



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