A Canadian school board defended a trans teacher after students and parents complained about her oversized prosthetic bust
A transgender teacher in Canada has gone viral on social media after students filmed her during class, revealing she was wearing oversized fake breasts under tight-fitting clothes. The school board defended the teacher against angry parents, arguing that she is free to express her gender identity as she sees fit.
Kayla Lemieux, who identified as Steven Hanna earlier this year, is a manufacturing technology teacher at Oakville-Trafalgar High School in Ontario, Canada. After her transition surgery, she began to draw complaints from students and parents about her appearance as she wore synthetic fake breasts that almost completely covered her entire torso and abdomen.
Apparently, in today’s carpentry class (or bizarrewoking) at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Canada, students will learn how to make chapel hat clips, a specialty of their trans teacher, Kayla Lemieux… … pic.twitter.com/o9cFoMjnUK
— James Moran #ItsHappening 🇬🇧🇺🇦 (@Jpjm1964) September 19, 2022
The Heltan District School Board said it respects Lemieux’s right to express his gender identity and will not discuss the matter further as it is a “personal business”.
He added that criticizing the teacher’s appearance or interfering with her “the expression of one’s gender identity” would be a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Some parents told the Toronto Sun they had no problem with Lemieux dating as a trans woman, but insisted the teacher’s prosthetics were fine. “too far.” Others have pointed out that the problem is not gender expression, but the fact that the workshop teacher’s appearance is simply “unprofessional.”
The school board announced that it would develop a “security project” for the teacher to ensure that her gender rights are protected and that she can continue to work with the children. The plan would also seek to protect the teacher amid fears protesters could turn up at the school to oppose the council’s decision to keep the teacher on staff.
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