Creative Destruction

March 24, 2007

Trans Florida City Manager Fired

Filed under: LGBT Issues — Robert @ 12:28 pm

Largo, Florida has proceeded to fire Steve Stanton, the city manager whose plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery and transition into life as a woman sparked an uproar. (I first read about this story via Alas.) (Despite Amp’s headline, Stanton wasn’t fired at the time; he has been fired now.)

Stanton has my utmost sympathy. Although I disagree profoundly with the theory of sexual identity under which people transitioning gender generally operate, as a fellow human being I sense his pain and unhappiness. And to be fired for such a thing is ridiculous. He isn’t a teacher, providing role modeling for young minds; he works with grownups in a grownup environment where gender, sex and sexuality are far removed from the daily concerns of his workplace.

The city leaders claim that they aren’t firing him for switching genders, but for performance and “trust” issues, issues that apparently never arose during his fourteen-year tenure in the job. That’s clearly crap, and on top of being ashamed of themselves for their hatefulness towards Stanton, they should also be ashamed for their complete cowardice in hiding their motive.

Best wishes towards Stanton, and may he find peace whatever his gender identity.



  1. When saying this “he works with grownups in a grownup environment”, perhaps you missed the job title or aren’t familiar with it.

    The job of a city manager is to prevent elected city council members from throwing hissy fits in a manner that allows the rest of city government to function normally. It is quintessentially a job that involves babysitting toddlers with big shoes. Very few fit the normal definition of “grownups.”

    Comment by ohwilleke — March 26, 2007 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  2. Yes, quite sad. Same goes for Imus, this guy could have dedicated his entire life to saving kids of all races, one day on a 4 hour daily radio show he says something stupid and no one takes a step back. So much for compassion.

    Comment by Vilon — April 12, 2007 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

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