The employer of the company, who made this decision, said, "You work with this person 5-6 days a week. Learn their name or Call them as the gender they clearly identify as. Easy to do my man. You smarter than ‘it’."
A man took to social media platform Twitter to share how he fired a colleague because he was rude to a trans woman employee. The man, known as Seven (S)aints, from Florida’s capital Tallahassee, posted a series of Tweets where he spoke in detail about how he fired a man because he called a trans woman colleague 'it'. According to Metro, the man said he fired his co-worker for a practice known as 'misgendering' someone. It is something that is considered to be extremely harmful and rude, especially in a work environment. The man said the employee was previously given sensitivity training and was given a prior warning about using the pronoun instead of 'she', which is what the trans woman prefers to go by.
●GOOD!!!👏👏👏👏👏👏— TransValid (@TransValid) June 16, 2019
‘Twitter user Seven (S)aints, from Florida’s capital Tallahassee, posted a series of tweets detailing how he fired a man after he was rude to a transgender employee.’ https://t.co/CQnzq0iKkb
The first tweet said: One of my employees called my other employee an ‘it’ because she’s transgender. I fired him. Happy pride month, b***h. Since Florida is an at-will employment state, employers need not give their employees notice before they are fired. So, as long as the reason they're being fired for is not illegal or discriminatory, they can't be stopped. After firing the man, the manager said it's not that hard to respect someone and their individuality.
He wrote: Whatever the f**k they want to be called. Being disrespectful towards employees or customers is detrimental to our work environment, productivity and bottom line. If they clearly indenting as female use female pronouns. It ain’t hard. He added: U right man. I told him specifically don’t call her an ‘it’. He did…in front of other employees….if I don’t act that’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. Nor do I like that kind of f**k shit.
Then he tweeted: You work with this person 5-6 days a week. Learn their name or Call them or call them as the gender they clearly identify as. Easy to do my man. You smarter than ‘it’. The tweets received several replies, and most of them were in support of the man, while some chose to educate people about pronouns. One person wrote: This was beyond rude. Calling a transgender person "it" is a deliberate attempt to demean that person because of what they are. It's an insult analogous to a racially or religiously offensive insult.
Another person added: These people here trying to defend this person baffle me. Calling another person “it” means they are equated with inanimate objects and stripped of personhood. It’s easier to be hateful to a construct, than a person who cries and feels. NO ONE deserves that in the workplace. Then, there was a person who shared an experience of how they dealt with a rude customer: A customer called my coworker an “it” the other day and got kicked out and banned from the store hahaha.
Soon, the thread began to gain a lot of attention from people, and that' when Seven (S)aints posted a final tweet about finding a way to avoid landing in trouble at work himself: Damn I gotta hide from HR now. June is known as the pride month and the LGBTQIA+ community is expected to celebrate the occasion worldwide. Why was the month of June chosen as Pride month?
According to the Library Of Congress, Pride month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Initially in the U.S. the last Sunday in June was celebrated as the “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.
Initially, in 1994, a combination of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.