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Daycare Manager Fired for Refusing to Call Girl a Boy

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Daycare Manager Fired for Refusing to Call Girl a Boy

Daycare Manager Fired for Refusing to Call Girl a Boy

A manager of a daycare in Texas has been fired because she refused to refer to a girl as a boy as the child’s parents requested.

The parents of the six-year-old child requested that Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center refer to their child as a boy and use the new name they provided. The parents also cut the girl’s hair to make her look like a boy.

Madeline Kirksey, a Christian who is the manager of the Center, did not feel comfortable referring to a child she had known as a girl, as a boy.

Kirksey said the child had been having issues with her gender identity.

"One day, she wanted to be a girl [and] the next day she wanted to be a boy. The other kids are confused as well, calling her a boy and she would start screaming, 'I'm not a boy!'" Kirksey stated.

Kirksey received a letter of termination from the Center, stating that "[w]hen requested by parent and management to call a transgender child by the child's new name, Madeline does not follow instructions."

The letter also said the Center gives guidelines to its workers on how to handle transgender children. 

"The transgender student will tell you how best to handle themselves. Let them tell you what they want, and accommodate their desire for most appropriate pronouns, grouping (boy/girl), etc.," part of the guidelines read.

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Publication date: November 10, 2015

Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.