Alex Blaze

Woman fired for transitioning

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 23, 2007 11:01 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: transgender, UK, Vikki-Marie Gaynor

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From the Daily Mail:

Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, who was born a man, claims bosses started cancelling his shifts when he dropped his old name, Mike, and started wearing women's clothes, earrings and make-up to work.

The harassment by coworkers got worse and worse to the point where Gaynor was no longer able to go to work:

Mr Gaynor, from Wallasey, Wirral, also claims his belongings and makeup were removed from his lorry and dumped in a disabled lavatory. He added: 'Other drivers, who I'd previously got on well with, started ignoring me.

'I began to notice people talking about me and on one occasion a driver backed away from me while covering his backside and muttering under his breath.

'Another time a colleague made an obscene gesture as we pulled up to a set of traffic lights together.'

She could get over 10,000 pounds if the tribunal accepts her claim.

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One thing on the Daily Mail article itself: why do they have to refer to Gaynor with he/him/Mr., when she's presenting herself as female, and the journalist acknowledges that she's presenting herself as female? The photo was even captioned with "Mr Gaynor as Vikki-Marie", as if she's just pulling a prank. Is there some international copy-editing rule out there that I'm not familiar with that says you can only refer to someone with pronouns that go with their birth genitalia?


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One thing on the Daily Mail article itself: why do they have to refer to Gaynor with he/him/Mr., when she's presenting herself as female, and the journalist acknowledges that she's presenting herself as female?

Because it's the Daily Mail. It's not known for its tolerant views.

This is an all-around terrible harassment situation, which should have been headed off by superiors early on. Fortunately it seems the UK law has a way for Ms. Gaynor to find recourse. £10,000 seems like a modest sum; perhaps the tradition in the UK is to claim what you expect could be reasonable rather than to claim 10x more so you like what you get when it's shaved down to a reasonable sum.

why do they have to refer to Gaynor with he/him/Mr., when she's presenting herself as female, and the journalist acknowledges that she's presenting herself as female?

Because it is The Daily Mail, after all, a daily lad-mag and all around despicable paper if you're looking for honest or respectful reporting. Sensationalism and stereotypes rule their day.