Re “Hired as a man; fired as a woman” (Metro, Nov. 9): I’m a 61-year-old white, male heterosexual. I know no transgender people. That said, I find the firing of Vandy Beth Glenn for any reason other than professional incompetence deplorable, and an affront to all who more than superficially value the basic tenets of American democracy. That she would be fired because she made her former boss “think about things [he didn’t] like to think about” is a travesty of workplace justice and plain ol’ common decency.
The problem was Sewell Brumby’s, not Glenn’s. When one person’s discomfort denies another’s valid and ethically defensible rights, the general core of national integrity and values shrinks. Is Glenn “different”? Who should care, and why should it matter? The tolerance of, regardless of agreement with, “difference” without illegality is an American cornerstone and is democratically honorable, desirable and necessary.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 11/19/2009 09:51:00 AM