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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

City Manager in Largo, FL fired for being trans

UPDATE: The National Sexuality Resource Center has put up our 'Stand with Stanton' petition, calling on the City Commission in Largo, FL to reverse its un-American and bigoted decision to oust long-time city manager Steve Stanton. Please take action, and spread the word to your friends!

I was a little surprised when Steve Stanton came out as transgendered and then didn't take much heat for it last week. Well, it turns out I was right in my suspicions. The City Commission voted 5-2 last night to fire Stanton for being a 'distraction.'

"It's just painful to know seven days ago I was a good guy and now ... I have no integrity," Stanton told the commission. "My challenge here has always been that someday I was going to leave this organization. So I am going to do it with a smile on my face."

I'm appalled at this blatant act of workplace discrimination. NSRC will have more to say in a few hours about how YOU can take action on this issue. We're hoping that we can see the good in the bad, and that Stanton can become a transgendered champion.


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