A transgender schoolteacher in Oregon, 26-year-old Leo Soell, recieves $60.000 from a settlement between her/him and the district, after a lawyer forced the district to give into the demands.
Soell identifies as transmasculine, which means she’s not explicitly male but relates more to masculinity than femininity. Soell also identifies as genderqueer and would prefer to be called by the pronoun “they.”
When Soell returned to work, co-workers weren’t obliging the request. Soell recalls being called “hurtful” things like “lady,” “she,” or “Miss Soell” like she had been known from before. The school urged to keep the matter private but Seoll said things were getting worse:
“One teacher screamed at me in the hallway that my gender choice was offensive to God, and teachers regularly lined up to use the school’s only gender-neutral bathroom so I would have to wait a half-hour or more to use it.”
Soell is now Leo to everyone after the settlement and is addressed as “they” in class.
When smaller children run up and ask, “Are you a boy or a girl?” Soell replies, “I’m just a person.”