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Transgender teacher sues Catholic prep school for alleged discrimination
Cristina Guarino had a photo taken with Mark Krolikowski on her last day in 2008. Later, he grew his hair to shoulder-length.
January 29th, 2013
11:27 PM ET

Transgender teacher sues Catholic prep school for alleged discrimination

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.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Discrimination

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  1. Karl Kaukis

    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.

    February 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Pike

    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

    February 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Do you not know what "gender identity" is? Or does actual knowledge just ruin your rhetoric?

      February 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Let me see. Is it likely you've read ANY medical literature about transgender cases?

      Nope. Not a chance in hell.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Pike
      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.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • Check

      I want to marry my dog. :)

      Seriously.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your dog has no taste if it marries you.

      February 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Douglas

    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!

    January 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      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.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • sam

      'Fornication'

      Whatever. Are you Douglas all day today, or going back to the Live4Him screen name?

      February 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  4. just wondering

    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.

    January 31, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • End Religion

      In your case, filth walks among your own clothes.

      January 31, 2013 at 7:40 am |
    • myweightinwords

      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?

      Why?

      January 31, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • meifumado

      I wonder why anyone who is living an alternative lifestyle would still embrace a religion that frowns upon said lifestyle.

      January 31, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      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?

      January 31, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Amy

      Bill Deacon, what is a copy buffer?

      January 31, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Bill Deacon
      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.

      January 31, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Bill,

      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).

      January 31, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      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"

      January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      I wonder why anyone who is living an alternative lifestyle would still embrace a religion that frowns upon said lifestyle.

      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.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Akira

      "Amy, I suggest “Microsoft for Dummies”
      Condescending.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Bill Deacon
      It is natural, becasue it is natural for nature to make mistakes.
      It does not change the argument at all.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      So who gets to decide who is a mistake?

      January 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Bill Deacon
      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.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      It's always funny to see Bill trying to speak on scientific matters. Especially matters of gender identity and physiological sex.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      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"?

      January 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  5. The Man Who Paints Houses

    Cretinous liberal morons.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:16 am |
    • Rick Blaine

      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!!!!!

      January 31, 2013 at 4:44 am |
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