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Catholic Church Appreciates Some Miracles, Just Not This Teacher’s Sex Change


“The teaching of the Catholic Church is that persons cannot change their gender,” say the the Greater St. Albert Catholic school board in Alberta, Canada, which did not elaborate on the church’s findings about clownfish. It’s a response to substitute teacher Jan Buterman’s claim he was banned from working with the schools after announcing he was changing his gender. “One’s gender is considered what God created us to be,” Greater St. Albert says in a letter to Buterman, who filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. “Since you made a personal choice to change your gender, which is contrary to Catholic teachings, we have had to remove you from the substitute teacher list.” Ya know what? If Jesus can walk on water and turn water to wine, we’re pretty sure god is just fine with other miracles, like turning a vagina into a penis. ‘Cause really, that’s some shit.

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  • Russell

    “she” was changing “her” gender? I know transsexuals are miracles of God, but could you at least get their pronouns right? Thx.

  • Tina

    This whole article is misleading…if you read the articles that queerty LINKS to, they describe he is an FTM, and is male. So he doesn’t want a vagina – even though as a trans person myself, thats pretty miraculous.

  • aaron

    Mostly I am confused as to why this is happening in Canada.

    Aren’t they Anglican?

  • tlezfemme

    To begin with. I think that he has more than proven that he identifies as male. How about using male pronouns in your reporting. I realize that the article that you took this from had the wrong pronouns but you are supposedly talking to & for TLBG people. Yes, I used the acronym opposite from what people usually see. Yes, that was intentional. I’m a transwomen & tired of being told to sit in the back of the queer bus. I have encountered a lot of prejudice from LGB people & I’m tired of it. The purposeful misuse of gender pronouns & complete unwillingness to accept my true gender being the primary issue. Hence when I read over & over again that you are not using proper pronouns for transpeople It gets my hackles up. Please think about what you are saying. Even the stogy newspapers & other media outlets at least across USA have adopted in their styles the proper use of a person’s pronoun by how they present. It’s common courtesy. Please learn it.

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