Donald Trump’s sociopathy is consuming a great deal of oxygen and attention. Nevertheless, anti-LGBTQ activities are ever present.

This is not the student at issue but she is a transgender girl. Just how disordered would you have to be to insist on referring to this girl with male pronouns?


A Duval County, Florida teacher at Sandalwood High School sent an email to a transgender female high school student: “I will NOT refer to you with female pronouns.”

The teacher, Thomas Caggiano, continued: “If this is not acceptable for you, change classes. I will call you by any reasonable name you like but the pronouns are not a negotiable thing for me.”

A spokesperson for Superintendent, Dr. Diana Greene said that the teacher has been counseled. However, it is unclear whether or not the teacher will be disciplined. It is, however, a clear violation of school policy. Indeed, it is an idiotic violation of school policy. It is extremely petty but misgendering transgender kids is a form of violence.

This story was first reported by FirstCoast News in Jacksonville on August 14. It made its way to The Blaze on August 21. It has now come to the attention of American Family Association, an anti-LGBTQ hate group. Apparently the migration of hate takes some time.

According to AFA: FL teacher takes stand over ‘ze’ and ‘zir’ in classroom.

A public-school math teacher who refused to identify a male student by “gender pronouns” has escaped serious punishment so far in the latest incident of an educator refusing to follow progressive, LGBT-friendly demands.

Later on:

Virginia high school teacher Peter Vlaming made national headlines in 2018 when he was fired for insubordination after refusing to call a ninth-grade student by male pronouns.

“This is not tolerance,” he told reporters. “This is coercion.”

Virginia’s public schools aren’t done, either: Students who returned to Arlington Public Schools will be subjected to gender-neutral bathrooms and locker rooms, a non-gender-specific dress code, and students being addressed by their preferred pronouns, reported.

Oh, the horror of being polite. Mr. Vlaming was correctly terminated for refusing to comply with policy. He can cry “coercion” but it is sheer bigotry not to use gender-appropriate pronouns with transgender people. With transgender minors, it goes well beyond bigotry. It is deliberate cruelty.

Do these people think that a trans kid raised their hand and volunteered to be part of a oppressed sexual minority? If it is really a problem then they should be teaching at Catholic or Christian schools where trans kids are less likely to be in attendance and where policies permit kids to be smeared.

These teachers are neither heroes nor victims. They are not teaching the importance of the Golden Rule and they are not setting a good example. These people are free to believe anything that they like but they are not free to behave like boors. Victimizing a sexual minority student is disgraceful. It is also unnecessary.

According to the school district’s website, Thomas Caggiano continues to be employed as a mathematics teacher.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.