Transgender teacher was fired and told to ‘think of children’

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When a teacher in one of the Australian schools started her gender transition, she was immediately forced to leave. Blaise Harris takes hormones and grows out her hair, and the school bosses consider it to be a problem. That is why they informed her that it is impossible to offer her work anymore.

The teacher took her complaint to the Department of Education, but was stunned when a senior official sided with the school and declined to take action. The senior manager told her: “I don’t have a problem with what the school did at all. You have to think of the children.” Ms Harris says: “I thought at the time, I can’t take on the department, they’re bloody massive, it would be easier to change me. Then I changed back and sank into depression again, until I basically realised no – I’m not going to do this, I’m going to be who I want to be. I don’t see how me having boobs and wearing a dress to work because that’s how I want to be, I don’t see how that negatively impacts on anyone else’s life.”

The department of education reveals that it is necessary to respond to the Anti-Discrimination Board case in due course, adding: “Schools are committed to diversity in the workforce and to non-discriminatory environments.”

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