Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to the state supreme court.

Peter Vlaming, who taught French in Virginia’s West Point school district for seven years, was suspended and subsequently fired in 2018 for not using a male pronoun to refer to a female student who identified as a transgender male. Vlaming claimed he could not do for religious reasons.

He sued the district in September 2019, but the Circuit Court for the County of King William court dismissed his case. Vlaming on Friday appealed to the state supreme court, which had recently ruled in favor of another teacher outspoken against a local transgender policy.

“Peter has every right to fight this unlawful decision by the school board, and we will be defending him every step of the way,” said Tyson Langhofer, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) – which represents Vlaming. Langhofer also directs ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom.

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