A transgender teacher at an Oregon elementary school gets 60k by her school district to compensate for harassment she claims to have suffered on the job. Included in that harassment is being referred to by the wrong pronoun.
Per reports from The Oregonian, Leo Soell was born a woman, but has now switched to identifying as “transmasculine” and “genderqueer.” This means she does not identify as male or female. Soell had breast cancer in 2014 and had her breasts removed to create a more manly look. Additionally she changed her name to Leo. She completed medical school in 2015 and from that point on she went public with her identity as being gender-neutral.
Per Daily Caller:
Once she returned to work, Soell claims she fell victim to relentless harassment from her co-workers. She says employees persisted in calling her hurtful terms like “Miss Soell,” “lady,” and “she.” If a student asked Soell’s sex, she says she was ordered to reply it was a private matter not suitable for discussion at school.
Some teachers were even worse, Soell said. She claimed one teacher screamed at her in the hallway that her gender choice was offensive to God, and she said teachers conspired to use the school’s only gender-neutral bathroom so Soell would have to wait a half-hour or more to use it.
At this point the school had an internal investigation, but no proof of harassment was found.
Eventually Soell worked out a deal with the school to where she could be referred to by the pronoun “they” which is what she prefers. At this point the “harassment” didn’t stop so she was able to hire an attorney who would help prepare an official complaint.
This is not the first gender pronoun madness in Oregon. At one point a lesbian couple was paid $135,00 because a bakery refused to bake a cake for them. A bar owner once had to pay $400,000 to a group of transgender customers he attempted to ban from his bar.
District official were proactive in not paying massive six figure compensation to Soell, so instead they paid $60,000 in compensation and adopted transgender-friendly policies. Also, if teachers in the district refuse to use these pronouns they could be fired.