‘Transmasuline’ teacher gets $60K after co-workers refuse to call her ‘they’
Leo Soell, a fifth-grade “transmasuline” teacher at an Oregon elementary school, demands to be called “they” by co-workers instead of “he” or “she.” But after preparing to file an official complaint, the Daily Caller reported Monday, citing the Oregonian, the school cut a deal to pay her $60,000 to compensate her for “emotional distress.”
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According to The Oregonian, Leo Soell was born a woman, but now prefers to identify as “transmasculine” and “genderqueer,” meaning she does not consider herself to be male or female. After getting breast cancer in late 2014, she had her breasts amputated to create a more masculine appearance and changed her name to Leo. Once she returned from medical school in May, 2015, Soell was fully public with her gender-neutral identity.
Once she returned to work, Soell claims she fell victim to relentless harassment from her co-workers. She says employees persisted in calling her hurtful terms like “Miss Soell,” “lady,” and “she.” If a student asked Soell’s sex, she says she was ordered to reply it was a private matter not suitable for discussion at school.
According to Soell, one teacher yelled at her in the hallway that her gender choice was offensive to God, and other teachers allegedly conspired to use the only gender-neutral restroom forcing her to wait a half-hour or more to use it.
The school conducted an investigation and found no evidence of harassment. Nevertheless, they agreed to pay her $60,000, no doubt wanting to avoid a complaint to the state.
“I actually feel safe now,” Soell said after the
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