Judge lifts suspension of Virginia teacher who said he won’t use transgender pronouns

By: | June 9, 2021

A judge has ruled that a Virginia teacher suspended for telling a school board he would not use transgender students’ preferred pronouns should be reinstated.

Judge James E. Plowman Jr. said Tuesday that Leesburg Elementary School teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross must be allowed to return to his job after the school’s principal suspended him in late May for objecting to a proposed policy on how to address transgender students.

The policy would allow transgender students to use their chosen names and gender pronouns. Cross, who teaches physical education, said the policy violates his religious beliefs.

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