A transgender male was dismissed from lifeguard tryouts after removing his top in front of dozens of children, city officials said per the NY Post.
“Through a citizen expressing concerns, my administration became aware of an incident where a biological female trainee in a lifeguard program was topless at one of our public pools,”
Mayor Lenny Curry said in a statement.
The unnamed individual, who was born a biological female but now identifies as male allegedly went topless when it was their turn to try out for a position as a lifeguard. However, the person had not yet received
surgery to remove their breasts, reports reveal.
According to the Cecil Aquatic Center, twenty other trainees as young as 15 as well as dozens of children and their parents were in the vicinity. City official, Curry, said the person was denied the position due to the incident.
“I see no reason for our lifeguards to be forced to make changes to existing rules mandating that biological females cover their chests,”
Curry said in a statement.
“Our parks and public pools are meant to be a place where families can feel safe to enjoy themselves.”
However, local transgender activist, Cielo Sunsarae, told the local outlet that the applicant should have still been a contender regardless of his
“This individual here was coming for a position to protect the children and people at the pool… Kids don’t sexualize breasts, it’s the adults that are making it out bigger than what it is. What is the difference if the person had top surgery or not?”
Sunsarae told ActionJax News.
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