A former day care center manager at a Houston-area facility says she was fired because she refused to call a transgender student by her new name.
Madeline Kirksey and her former co-worker Akesha Wyatt are filing EEOC complaints against the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas. Kirksey claims the child’s parents decided that the six-year-old, born a girl, was now a boy. As so, the parents, a gay male couple, cut the child’s hair, changed the child’s name and asked the school to respect the decision.
But Kirksey said her religious beliefs prevented her from giving approval for a change in the child’s gender identity and that she would not identify the child as a boy.
She was fired after the decision.
She told reporters that the child was “indecisive” about her identity change.
“Some days she wanted to be a girl, some days she wanted to be a boy. It was according to what situation she got into that day,” Kirksey said.
Kirksey, who is a Christian blogger, also told Fox News in a separate interview that she was standing up for all of the children and their parents at the center.
“I don’t think we should be talking to other people’s children who are under the age of 18 about being transgender,” Kirksey stated.
In a statement, Kirksey’s attorney Andy Taylor said:
Madeline has paid the price for standing her ground in defense of all her children at Children’s Lighthouse. This has gotten out of control and now this dedicated, experienced child worker has been wrongfully terminated. That will not stand.
The center’s spokesperson said the company could not comment on the case but that they did not discriminate against the teacher in the firing.
Beauties, what do you think? Should she have been fired or does the center have to respect her religious beliefs? Should she have just called the child by it’s new name? Sound off below!