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Gym Teacher Says Lesbian Boss Fired Him For Being Straight

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Thursday Dec 19, 2013
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A Trinity School teacher says he was fired for being straight
A Trinity School teacher says he was fired for being straight  (Source:www.trinityschoolnyc.org)

A straight gym teacher said that his lesbian boss fired him from his longtime job at an Upper West Side school, for being straight.

According to a the New York Post, 50-year-old Gregory Kenney taught gym for 16 years at Trinity School on W. 91st before he was fired in June 2012.

Kenney said that lesbian athletic director Pat Krieger took over in 2009 and forced him to coach three sports -- soccer, basketball and golf -- although his contract only required two. When the teacher told Krieger he couldn’t continue to work nights and weekends, she allegedly told him: "We all make choices."

The director "routinely favored other single, younger females without children and discriminated against [him] because of his gender, sexual orientation, ’traditional family status’ and age," said Kennedy in his reverse discrimination suit.

Attorney Steven Morelli reportedly told the Post that his client Kenney felt ostracized because of his family, and despite the fact that he was well liked by staff and students, was not encouraged to join social events that Krieger held.

Kenney said three other married coaches were also fired, and according to court papers, Kenney was replaced by a lesbian gym teacher.

"I love the school. I love my job. I enjoyed the kids I was with and the classes I taught, but I have a wife and family. I’m not 16," Kenney told the Daily News.

In that article, Kenney said that Krieger also made false allegations against him, including accusing him of illegally subletting his perquisite Trinity Tower apartment and leaving students unsupervised.

Trinity spokesperson Kevin Ramsey said that school officials would not comment on the lawsuit, but that the school had strict anti-discrimination policies.

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women’s news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about local restaurants in her food blog, http://brooklyniscookin.blogspot.com/

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  • Anonymous, 2013-12-19 16:55:34

    Sucks when the shoe is on the other foot, doesn’t it?


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