Largo, Florida to fire city’s top official for 14 years because he says he’s transgender, will get surgery

I’m sure it came as a surprise, even a shock to some, that the city official is transgender. But after 14 years of stellar service, this is what one person had to say about him:

Commissioner Mary Gray Black said Stanton’s surprise announcement last week “caused stress, turmoil, distraction and work disruption” in the city. His contract says he can be fired without cause at any time.

“I do not feel he has the integrity, nor the trust, nor the respect, nor the confidence to continue as the city manager of the city of Largo,” said Black, who introduced a resolution to fire Stanton on Monday.

The integrity? Well, if Largo, Florida wanted to sweep this one under the rug, they just created one hell of a scandal.


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