Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

January-09-13

NYC Teacher Allegedly Fired for Being Trans Sues School

A teacher who alleges that he* was fired from a school where he had worked for over 30 years has filed charges against the Catholic New York City school for damages.

Mark Krolikowski was terminated from St. Francis Preparatory School in August of 2012 after a parent complained about his feminized appearance. Krolikowski confided to then-principle Leonard Conway that he was transgender and after gradually coming to school with more feminized aspects that he was planning to teach as a woman. According to the New York Post, Krolikowski was called "worse than gay" and ordered to tone down his feminine appearance if he wanted to continue to attend public events at the school. Despite agreeing to do so, Krolikowski was later terminated.

Krolikowski's lawyer Andrew Kimler, told ABC News that although the Catholic school was a private institution he was still protected under city and state anti-discrimination laws. The legal counsel for St. Francis Preparatory School, however, maintains that Krolikowski was terminated for reasons that did not relate to his disclosed gender identity. Currently, an online petition has generated over 1,500 signatures from former and current students defending Krolikowski, "Mr. K" as he is called.

Krowlikowski taught music and social studies at St. Francis for 32 years. He also lead students in musical performances for Pope Benedict the XVI in 2008.

*No pronoun preference has been issued to media sources. As a results, male pronouns were used in accordance with other media sources.

Media Resources: New York Post 1/9/2013; Huffington Post 1/8/2013; ABC News 1/7/2013; New York Post 1/7/2013


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

9/19/2014 New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today announced the launch of It's On Us, a multi-platform media campaign and national action plan targeted at ending campus sexual assault. . . .
 
9/19/2014 Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights - Legislators and activists are still concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed regional free trade agreement that addresses a broad range of issues and is currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations. . . .
 
9/18/2014 UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a "Wake-Up Call" on Ebola Crisis - Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations, says the international community needs a "wake-up call" in the case of the current Ebola outbreak crisis. "This should be a wake-up call for the international community," Power said. . . .