By Moni Basu, CNN
(CNN) – Mark Krolikowski has shoulder-length brown hair. He likes to wear multiple earrings and French manicure his nails. Students call him Mr. K.
Krolikowski, 59, taught for 32 years at St. Francis Preparatory School, a 150-year-old Catholic institution in Queens, New York.
Until August. That's when the school laid him off.
He alleges that he was discriminated against because he is transgender and that the school's attitude toward him changed in the eight months after he came out.
He says the school never questioned his abilities, loyalty or dedication to the Catholic faith. But that changed, according to him, in October 2011, when he was summoned to the principal's office to meet with Conway and Assistant Principal Patrick McLaughlin.
The Catholic church caught up in the bureaucracy of the minutiae while missing the point of the concept. Corporate Catholicism fosters protection of pedophiles who, if called out, would affect the church PR. Meanwhile a loving, virtually ideal teacher is punished for not fitting the bureaucratic mold. Sad indeed.
Let me get this straight. If some guy thinks he's Napoleon he's crazy. If he thinks he's a woman..He Is now? And everyone has to accept his insanity? PC Idiocy
Do you not know what "gender identity" is? Or does actual knowledge just ruin your rhetoric?
Let me see. Is it likely you've read ANY medical literature about transgender cases?
Nope. Not a chance in hell.
You obviously haven't entered the 21st century..let me catch you up
Most cases of h0m0$exuality are caused by a male brain in a female body or vice-versa. There is an actual biological cause in most cases . It is rarely but sometimes caused by psychological issues, but nearly never( and I won't specify never as I have no data on all cases, since all cases have not been studied) is it by choice.
I want to marry my dog. :)
Your dog has no taste if it marries you.
The Bible is unmistakenly clear:
Gay behavior and gay coitus are condemnable sins against God and humanity.
Through the realization of celibacy, LGBTQ can redeem themselves and others trapped in the abyss of
downward spiraling sin that deliers souls to Satan for a feast of evil.
Reach out to LGBTQ at your place of worship and let them no that they are bound for glory when they rise up, reject fornication and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Miracles are possible!
Just because you choose to live a repressed and miserable existence, don't expect others to.
LGBT people are entitled to the same joys and benefits of physical intimacy as anyone and everyone else.
Whatever. Are you Douglas all day today, or going back to the Live4Him screen name?
That is one sick puppy. Who would trust their children with a pervert and how did that sicko get away with perversion for so long without someone knowing. Filth walks among us.
In your case, filth walks among your own clothes.
Explain to me how being transgender is filth?
Do you asume that because he feels female inside of a male body that must mean he desires sex with minors?
Do you think that his gender identity somehow makes him an unfit teacher?
I wonder why anyone who is living an alternative lifestyle would still embrace a religion that frowns upon said lifestyle.
Myweight Interesting questions. I have to admit to no contact with transgender people but I wonder at the phrase "feels female in a male body" What does that mean? Does it mean that he is incapable of reconciling his psychology and interior life to some sort of "male" template he has bought into? Wouldn't that be seexist? To think that whatever he is feeling and thinking is somehow not manly but is feminine? Unless that has to do with seexual orientation I can see no other reason for the exterior manipulation of his person. Don't we allow men an women the freedom to express their natural born genders in a wide variety of ways? What is it that prevents him and those like him from living life in the bodies they are born with?
Bill Deacon, what is a copy buffer?
It has been proven that occasionally a male brain can be in a famale body and vice versa. The hormaones that control growth etc can create a female brain, but the body develops male. There are many differences between a male and female brain, but sometimes the hormones for the body, and the ones for brain development, do not match.
Nature makes mistakes all the time.
Myweight Interesting questions. I have to admit to no contact with transgender people but I wonder at the phrase "feels female in a male body" What does that mean?
I imagine it is different for different people. My nephew is 14 and is attracted to girls (so he would be considered straight), however, he says that he feels like a girl. He looks at his male body and can not understand it.
Does it mean that he is incapable of reconciling his psychology and interior life to some sort of "male" template he has bought into? Wouldn't that be seexist?
No, it's more that he is a woman, but was born with the body of a man. Consider yourself. You feel you are male and your body is male. What if you still felt like you did, but your body was female? It is a terrible disconnect. Gender is a pretty fluid construct that is partially built by society, but also is based in our physical differences. When the mental wiring tells you that you are one gender, but your physical attributes declare you another, you are transgendered.
To think that whatever he is feeling and thinking is somehow not manly but is feminine? Unless that has to do with seexual orientation I can see no other reason for the exterior manipulation of his person.
That's the problem. It has nothing to do with anyone but him. It isn't about his orientation. A transgendered individual might be gay. Might be straight. Might be bi. It has NOTHING to do with who he's attracted to. It is about himself.
Don't we allow men an women the freedom to express their natural born genders in a wide variety of ways? What is it that prevents him and those like him from living life in the bodies they are born with?
Simply put? They were born in the wrong bodies.
There's an interesting situation in a friend's family right now where a pair of fraternal twins, one boy and one girl, are just turning 13. The boy has said since he was old enough to express himself that he was born wrong, that he was supposed to be a girl. He says his sister stole his body. His sister isn't as vocal about it, but she has never worn a dress, learned how to urinate standing, etc. She already binds her breasts (her mother is very well endowed and she's terrified that she'll have similar endowments).
Richard, I understand what you are saying and I suppose that opens the possibility for the discussion. I would caution you on using the "nature makes mistakes" argument since it might be used to undermine the "it's natural" argument heard in other venues.
Amy, I suggest "Microsoft for Dummies"
Many reasons, actually. And lifestyle is the wrong word all together.
People believe what they believe based on life experience. You can be gay and Christian. Transgendered and Muslim. One does not simply negate the other.
"Amy, I suggest “Microsoft for Dummies”
It is natural, becasue it is natural for nature to make mistakes.
It does not change the argument at all.
So who gets to decide who is a mistake?
Why do you think a decision was made?
Genetic mutation can be caused by any of several factors, no decision required
The epigenome, which works off the genome, telling the genes when to turn on and off. The epigenome reacts to levels of chemicals in the body, time, and other factors, with no decision.
Nature functions as nature always has, no sentience behind it.
It's always funny to see Bill trying to speak on scientific matters. Especially matters of gender identity and physiological sex.
Then your claim that it is a mistake is false. Mistakes are value based. If it's judged a mistake, who decide which are mistakes and which are not? In the case of this individual, I suppose you could say the individual gets to decide. But if we proceed from the supposition that mistakes happen, what is to prevent an outside authoritative entiity from proclaiming "mistake" and forcing a correction onto a group of people? Gays, Physicially handi-capped, color of eyes, gender, race, You know "undesirables". Do you see why I dissuade you from the language of "natural mistake"?
Cretinous liberal morons.
Just can't get over the fact that you got your butt kicked big time last November, can you?
Four more years . . . BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!
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