Christian teacher says his faith demands him to misgender trans people

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Maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, from Oxford, sues his school as it asks him to address a transgender boy by the gender he self-identifies with. In a letter to the school the teacher says that his Christian faith is the reason why he addresses to the pupil (who asks to keep his anonymity, revealing only that he identifies as a transgender boy) as female. “As a Christian, I do not share your belief in the ideology of Transgenderism. I do not believe that young children should be encouraged to self-select a ‘gender’ which may be different from their biological sex; or that everyone at school should adjust their behaviour to accommodate such a ‘transition’; or that people should be punished for lack of enthusiasm about it. Implementation of these ideas is detrimental to the welfare of children, which I believe should be a paramount consideration,” he wrote, launching a legal action and asking anti-LGBT Christian legal organisations to represent him in court. “I am more than willing to answer all the unjustified allegations you are now advancing against me, and detail my own grievances about your totalitarian ‘equality’ policies and practices. However, I intend to do so before an independent Tribunal, not before yourselves acting as a judge and jury in your own case. I regret that our relations have reached this point, but I feel I have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you without further notice,” the man said in a lawsuit.

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