A school teacher in Australia has been forced out of her job after beginning her transition, sparking allegations of discrimination against the school who told her that she should 'think about the children'.
Blaise Harris, who worked at Cessnock High School in New South Wales for three years before her transition, reported that the school abruptly stopped offering her work after she began her transition to her true gender, with the schools head telling her that her gender 'might be a problem' if she was to be continued to be employed there.
Balise began her transition in 2014, growing her hair out and taking female hormones before changing her legal name and gender. Blaise was further stunned when she took her complaint to the Department of Education, who quickly sided with the school and refused to take her case any further. A senior manager at the Department of Education told her 'I don't have a problem with what the school did at all. You have to think of the children.'
Following this response Blaise has chosen to make a legal case against both the school and the Department of Education via the Anit-Discrimination Board, who have accepted her case. Blaise is hoping to receive an official apology from both groups and possible compensation for the loss of earnings and severe emotional distress the situation has caused her.
At one point during the proceedings Blaise became so depressed with the situation that she reportedly stopped her transition and attempted to resume her work presenting as male, before the pain of which became too much for her to bear and she returned to living life as her true self.
'I thought at the time, I can't take on the Department, they're bloody massive, it would be easier to change me,' Blaise said, speaking about her de-transition. 'Then I changed back and sank into depression again, until I basically realised no, I'm not going to do this, I'm going to be who I want to be. I don't see how me having boobs and wearing a dress to work because that's how I want to be, I don't see how that negatively impacts on anyone else's life.'
The Department of Education has released a statement following the launch of the Anti-Discrimination Board case to say 'Schools are committed to diversity in the workforce and non-discriminatory environments.'