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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Calling Mary Kay! Calling Mary Kay!

This is the second story I've seen in two days about men who have had sex change operations. Pictures have been included with both stories. One of the men was going back to being a teacher in an elementary school; this man (left) is a fireman...firewoman....fireperson....firetrainwreck.

I'm sure that the surgery must be very, very expensive...but both of these men look like my Great Uncle Walter in a wig.

The following article and picture were supplied via Drudge, who got it from WATE Channel 6 in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A Knoxville firefighter claims she's being discriminated against because she used to be a man. Fire Capt. Jamie Faucon has filed a grievance against Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes. She accuses them of depriving her of a take-home car, of reassigning her and cutting out her overtime because she is a transgendered firefighter.

Faucon also says in her grievance Foulkes used incorrect gender terms when referring to her in conversations. She says she never thought she would wind up in a situation like this but the actions that allegedly took place earlier this week left her with no other choice.

Faucon had surgery to change from male to female in March 2005.

Since she has legally changed gender from male to female, she wants the misuse of pronouns to stop. "The proper terminology should be she, her or ma'am. Not he, sir, or his." She's asking to be returned to Fire Station 10 with a take-home car and to be referred to correctly by others in the fire department.