Skip to comments.Florida city official faces ouster over sex change
Posted on 03/02/2007 9:43:40 AM PST by XR7
LARGO, Fla. Steve Stanton professed his love for the city and asked the people of Largo to support his decision to undergo a sex change and allow him to keep his $140,000-a-year job as city manager.
To his sorrow, the answer came back no.
Almost 500 people packed City Hall on Tuesday night for a special meeting to decide if they would accept someone named Susan instead of Steve as their top official. And while many spoke eloquently in his defense, more called for his ouster.
"If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated," said Pastor Ron Saunders of Largo's Lighthouse Baptist Church. "Make no mistake about it."
At the end of the 3 ½-hour meeting, the City Commission voted 5-2 to begin the legal process of firing Stanton, who went public about his sex-change plans after learning that a local newspaper was about to reveal his secret. The 48-year-old married father of a teenage boy can appeal his dismissal, and the commission must vote again to formally fire him from the job he has held for 14 years...
"It's just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and, most painful, I have no followers," Stanton told the crowd before the vote.
His announcement stunned this city of 76,000 near St. Petersburg. Stanton said he had planned to reveal his secret this summer when his 13-year-old son was out of school...
Commissioner Gay Gentry praised Stanton, but said, "I sense that he has lost his standing as a leader among the employees of the city."
Gerard and Commissioner Rodney Woods the first black commissioner in the city's 102-year history cast the only votes in Stanton's favor.
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
I'm wondering where the ACLU is? Probably just waiting in the wings until Stanton gets his pink slip, then they'll come on the scene.
We had a guy in a dress here about ten years ago. He was 6' and 225lb. Two of the girls in Acct., both about 4'9" went into the ladies room and he's standing in the stall with the doors open. They were horrified.
Cindy is much more butch.
Two words, Mr. Stanton: San Francisco. In that town, the sky will be the limit for you.
Or Jimmy Carter?
Lol, you've got that right.
The Fire Chief receives a phone call:
What ? A cat stuck in a tree? I'll be right there !
I'll secure the area for you , gotta go!
Maybe he could borrow Rudy's. They look about the same size.
Sex-Change Seeker to Appeal Job Loss
``It's almost an obligation now,'' Stanton said. ``This isn't just about Steve Stanton.
True, it's more about Susan Stanton.
LOL! Good one!
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