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    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Good News from Tom's River, NJ

    Full article here.

    A school board in one of the most conservative counties in New Jersey Monday night refused to bow to pressure from a small group of parents who demanded the removal of a transgendered teacher.

    Lily B. McBeth took a leave of absence from her job as a substitute teacher with the Eagleswood School District last year and at age 69 transitioned. When her physical transformation was complete she petitioned the board to return to work. The board voted 41 to 1 to return her to her old job.

    When a small group of a parents realized that Mr McBeth was now Ms McBeth they demanded the board rescind its decision. One parent, Mark Schnepp, took out a full-page newspaper ad urging parents to attend the Board of Education's Monday meeting.

    About 100 people showed up.

    "The children will learn of this and there will be problems," said Vincent Mustacchio, 48, who has a daughter in the school system.

    Mustacchio told the board he may keep his child out of classes taught by McBeth.

    Schnepp said that having a transgender teaching his two children violated his religious beliefs.

    But most of the speakers praised McBeth calling her well liked by children and an asset to the school system.

    Prior to the meeting the school board met privately with McBeth and her attorney.

    After listening to both sides of the issue during the public meeting the board, without a vote, said it would not amend its early decision.

    "This is a historic night for transgender rights," Steven Goldstein, the chair of Garden State Equality told 365Gay.com.

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