Lily McBeth


American activist Lily McBeth, who had led a prior career selling medical equipment, made headlines after returning to work as a substitute teacher following her coming out as transgender. Although the school boards in her two local districts voted to reinstate her citing a legal rationale (although New Jersey’s transgender anti-discrimination law was not passed until a year later), several parents vehemently disagreed. A full-page newspaper advertisement protesting her rehiring was taken out, and one parent was interviewed on a nationally-broadcast talk show. McBeth herself did several interviews and is credited with raising awareness of transgender issues in her home state. She retired soon after due to the steep drop in teaching assignments she received, which she claimed was due to discrimination; one of the school district disagreed, pointing a full-time substitute that they had recently hired.

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