April 15, 2014

GLSEN Houston and local community leaders make a difference!

Last week, Breitbart Texas, a website that provides news services made available by Breitbart News Network launched a transphobic attack on a Texas substitute teacher who was suspended because of her gender identity.

On April 8, Lumberton Independent School District suspended Laura Jane Klug, who worked as a fifth grade substitute teacher, after parents complained to school officials about Klug's gender identity.

Breitbart Texas released the story on April 9, using scare quotes to mock Klug's gender identity and touted that Klung is "an emotionally disturbed and confused older man.”

In letters to members of Lumberton Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, the GLSEN Houston chapter and the board chairs of Equality Texas and the Equality Texas Foundation yesterday called for the reinstatement of Klug and ask that they take appropriate measures to ensure that school personnel have access to professional development that fosters a culture of inclusion and respect for all people in schools.

We are proud to say that the because of the hard work by local community members and GLSEN Houston in supporting our educators and students, Laura Klug was reinstated and will be returning to work this week. Because of dedicated leaders at GLSEN Houston and Equality Texas, we are beginning to see positive change in our communities.

 

 

Sarah Munshi

About Sarah Munshi

Sarah is GLSEN's Public Policy Associate based in Washington, D.C.

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