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Firing looms over Largo city manager's sex change


Steve Stanton walks out of the commission chambers, while commissioner Mary Black, not pictured, discusses the wording on the amendment to fire him. (St. Petersburg Times photo: Jim Damaske)

Largo City Manager Steve Stanton faces termination from his $140,000-a-year job after revealing plans to have a sex-change operation.

(AP) -- The City Council planned to consider a resolution Tuesday to fire the city's top official less than a week after he announced plans to pursue a sex-change operation.

Largo City Manager Steve Stanton, 48, who built a solid reputation as a forceful and energetic leader in 14 years on the job, confirmed rumors last week that he is a transsexual.

He planned to keep his $140,000-a-year job as he undergoes the gender reassignment process.

But on Monday, City Councilwoman Mary Gray Black proposed that Stanton be put on paid leave while the city begins the process of firing him.

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A sex change procedure does not effect a person's ability to serve the community. Attempts to fire someone for wishing to undergo such a procedure showes a lack of integrity, honor and trustworthyness. I would recall any public official that is so lacking in judgment. Bigotry is a greater threat to the community than transgender identy!

I agree Mary Black should be fired or impeached for her disgusting bigotry.
Her heartlessness even calls into question her own gender idenity as a woman

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