Two Texas teachers keep their jobs after transphobic and Islamophobic tweets:
Two middle school teachers from McKinney, Texas are apparently keeping their jobs after it was discovered that they tweeted horrible, inaccurate things about Islam and about transgender people.
As far back as 2015, teachers Justin Barton and Mark Russell tweeted that Islam is a “satanic death cult” and that being trans is a mental illness. The school district said that while it doesn’t agree with their statements, it recognizes the teachers’ right to freedom of speech.
DFW Trans Kids and Families and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of North Texas also plan to write a joint letter to the district asking for a meeting, as well as training and education on transgender and LGBT individuals.
“This is dangerous for our children when they hear and see these kind of things, especially when coming from people they may look up to like a school teacher or administration of a school,” said Melissa Ballard, co-founder and organizer of DFW Trans Kids and Families. “It’s hard enough for them to be themselves.”
The group, which includes more than 200 transgender children, includes kids and families in McKinney ISD. Ballard said she knows of no members at Cockrill Middle School.
“When you’re a representative of an organization that’s suppose to protect and lift up, especially the most vulnerable — the children — I think you need to be more cognizant of what you’re saying and what you’re putting out there,” she said.
Yes, freedom of speech is important, but how can people who publicly make such bigoted statements be trusted to treat all their students equally?
Ultimately, this is a danger to students, and it sets a precedent for other kids about what kind of statements are and are not okay both in the classroom and outside of it. (And none of this is okay.) Whatever happens next, I hope everyone acts first and foremost with the students’ wellbeing in mind.
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I may not be recognized as non-binary in every situation, but gender is different everywhere, and which identities are accepted will vary from place to place and time to time. By creating spaces where we do recognize non-binary people, we can help them find their way into spaces that haven’t traditionally acknowledged them. And even if nobody else thought of me as non-binary, I still would be, because what matters is how I think of myself. We get to define our own gender, and our definitions are not up for debate.
Over 40 LGBTQ Candidates Have Already Announced They’re Running For Office in Texas:
Texas politics is about to have its queerest year ever: More than 40 LGBTQ candidates have announced their intention to run for office in 2018.
The count is 41 at the time of writing, although that estimate changes daily. OutSmart, a Houston-based LGBTQ magazine, listed the number of queer and trans candidates at 35 on Jan. 2. Just two days later, six more political aspirants had joined the ever-expanding pool.
Two LGBTQ candidates will be vying for the biggest job in Texas. INTO spoke with Jeffrey Payne, a Dallas gay bar owner and Hurricane Katrina survivor, after he threw his hat in the ring last July. Lupe Valdez stepped down from her position as Dallas County Sheriff, which she had held for 12 years, to enter the 2018 general election.
Should they win the Democratic Party nomination, they would face off against Gov. Greg Abbott. The Republican leader unsuccessfully attempted to force an anti-trans bathroom bill through the legislature in 2017.
The Texas Senate races include three LGBTQ candidates, all of whom would be the first openly queer or transgender person ever elected to the state’s upper legislative body.
Show ‘em how it’s done, y’all. (via Into)