Texas teacher claims she was fired for being lesbian

A teacher in Texas claims she was fired because of her same-sex relationship.
A teacher in Texas claims she was fired because of her same-sex relationship. Photo credit: Twitter / Ms. Clayton

A teacher in Texas claims she was fired because of her same-sex relationship. 

Stacy Bailey, twice selected as 'Teacher of the Year' by Charlotte Anderson Elementary School, is filing a lawsuit against the Mansfield Independent School District for discrimination. 

Ms Bailey says she was placed on administrative leave after showing her students an image of her then-girlfriend, NBC News reported. 

Ms Bailey showed the picture of her "future wife" to her students during a 'Get to Know Your Teacher' presentation. A parent reportedly complained to the school that Ms Bailey was promoting a "homosexual agenda". 

She was placed on administrative leave following the complaint, and was then asked for her resignation in October last year, according to NBC News. 

Ms Bailey was reassigned to a high school in the district earlier this month, despite asking to return to the elementary school. 

Julie Vasquez, Ms Bailey's wife, told NBC her wife was "singled out, because her spouse happens to be a woman".

The Mansfield Independent School District, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, claims it supports LGBT staff and "categorically denies the allegations". 

Ms Bailey hopes taking this action will bring the elementary school "out of the shadows of discrimination and into the sunshine of equal rights," her attorney Jason Smith told NBC. 

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