A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns has filed a lawsuit against school officials and the board.
Peter Vlaming, who was a French teacher at West Point High School, said he was fired because he would not use pronouns such as “him” and “his” to refer to a female student who was transitioning to male.
According to the suit filed Monday in King William County, using the male pronouns would have “violated” Vlaming’s “conscience” and went against his religious beliefs, so he called the student by his preferred name during class and avoided using pronouns altogether.
When the school found out, administrators told Vlaming to either use male pronouns or risk losing his job.
One workable compromise: Exclusively use the student’s name. Instead of “he/she did this”, say “Rex did this”. Proper nouns are only informally gendered in English, and they are potentially in flux at any given time (unless the name derives from an ancient religious text–biblical names tend not to shift informal gender).
I suppose it sounds naive to assume compromise is what anyone is after, though.
Anyway, YouGov recently polled respondents on whether or not they approved of the teacher’s firing. The following graph shows the percentages who do approve, with “not sure” responses, constituting 23% of the total, excluded. The residuals thus represent percentages who disapprove of his termination:
Most people disapprove, including a sizable minority of Democrats. Though the poll does not break down responses by both race and partisan affiliation, it can be deduced that white Democrats are more likely to favor the firing than non-white Democrats are. The Great Awokening is causing a cold civil war between two groups of whites who don’t agree on anything, with moderate non-whites stuck in the middle between them.