Texas Childcare Center Manager Fired for Refusing to Refer to Girl as Boy

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A childcare center manager in Texas says that she was recently fired for refusing to refer to a little girl as a boy at the parents’ request.

Madeline Kirksey, a Christian, served as manager of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy until late last month when she and another worker were terminated over the situation.

According to reports, the parents of the six-year-old girl had asked the center to begin referring to the girl as a boy and provided the new boy’s name that they were to use. The parents had also cut the child’s hair short so that she looked more like a boy.

While administrators at the center, an educational childcare facility for ages six through twelve, did not have an issue with the parents’ request, Kirksey did not feel comfortable with following through with it. She suggested that the other parents be informed, and expressed concern about speaking to the other children at the center about transgender matters.

A childcare center manager in Texas says that she was recently fired for refusing to refer to a little girl as a boy at the parents’ request.

Madeline Kirksey, a Christian, served as manager of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy until late last month when she and another worker were terminated over the situation.

According to reports, the parents of the six-year-old girl had asked the center to begin referring to the girl as a boy and provided the new boy’s name that they were to use. The parents had also cut the child’s hair short so that she looked more like a boy.

While administrators at the center, an educational childcare facility for ages six through twelve, did not have an issue with the parents’ request, Kirksey did not feel comfortable with following through with it. She suggested that the other parents be informed, and expressed concern about speaking to the other children at the center about transgender matters. More


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