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Community Comes to the Defense of Trans Student

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ALIQUIPPA, Pennsylvania (WTAE) — The LGBTQ+ community is taking a stand after a Beaver County teacher refused to refer to transgender students by their pronouns.Earlier this month, after a large showing of support for the high school biology and anatomy teacher, Daren Cusato was reinstated and allowed back on the job.The South Side Area School District also suspended its policy.Now, the LGBTQ+ community is taking a stand and showing its support for a transgender student.“Honestly, I thought it was ridiculous.

How much effort does it take to respect somebody’s pronouns and to respect their identity,” said Branden Dudek of Central Outreach in Aliquippa.Cusato disagreed and doubled down, telling Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that it went against his religious beliefs and cited First Amendment rights.But Dudek called the teacher’s actions dangerous.“Trans youth sometimes are isolated.

They don’t have any peers. Their family is not supportive. Their school district is not supportive, and it feels like just everyone hates them,” Dudek said.Another organization, Pittsburgh LGBTQ Charities, has also spoken out about the recent incident.

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