Dr Rachel Tudor was let go from her role at Southeastern Oklahoma State University 10 years ago because of the Vice President for Academic Affairs allegedly being offended by her “lifestyle”.
Tudor worked at the school since 2004, before coming out as transgender three years later. A study from The Williams Institute suggests that Tudor’s experience is not a rare one, as almost 50% of all trans workers have been fired or not hired at all because of how they identify.
She was denied tenure in 2009, despite getting a four to one vote in her favour from the university’s faculty committee. As a result of not receiving this, Tudor was let go from the university which resulted in the Department of Justice (DOJ) suing the Southeastern Oklahoma