Texas teacher suspended after discussing sexual orientation sues school district
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A Texas elementary school art teacher who was suspended from her school after discussing her sexual orientation in the classroom is suing her school district for discrimination.

Stacy Bailey, who has taught at Charlotte Anderson Elementary since 2008 and has been named Teacher of the Year twice, filed the lawsuit on Friday, alleging that Mansfield ISD and two of its employees discriminated against her for her sexual orientation.

Bailey was placed on administrative leave in August, and district officials said that the suspension was due to Bailey’s insistence “that it is her right and that it is age appropriate for her to have ongoing discussions with elementary-aged students about her own sexual orientation, the sexual orientation of artists, and their relationships with other gay artists.”

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It was later revealed that a parent had complained that Bailey was promoting a “homosexual agenda” after showing students a photo of her now-wife as part of a “Get To Know Your Teacher” slide show.

The district renewed Bailey’s contract in April, but reassigned her to a high school elsewhere in the district.

“Mansfield ISD reassigned Bailey to teach in a secondary school, sending the message that it believed LGBT teachers were not acceptable to teach elementary students,” a spokesperson for Bailey said in a release.

Bailey’s lawsuit alleges that a school official told her, “You can’t promote your lifestyle in the classroom.”

She is seeking unspecified damages and to be reinstated in her position at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, in addition to a declaration from the defendants that they illegally discriminated against her.