KENTUCKY — (02-22-19) — Former choir teacher Nicholas Breiner was fired from his position at McNabb Middle School in Kentucky in 2017 after coming out as bisexual.
According to Nicholas Breiner, he never intended to come out as a Bisexual man but when one of his former student’s was contemplating committing suicide over her sexuality, he came out to her in a comment on his Instagram account to show that being a lesbian was nothing to feel ashamed about.
Nicholas Breiner said that he believes that his 2017-2018 contract with the school district was solely due to his sexuality and has now taken steps to sue the Montgomery Board of Education.
Montgomery County Superintendent Matthew Thompson fired back and denied that Nicholas Breiner was terminated over his sexuality. Thompson claims that the reason for Breiner’s contract not being renewed was based on his performance as a Choir teacher and the school district’s budget for 2017-2018.
The lawsuit filed by Nicholas Breiner says that he came out on April 7, 2017, he was terminated 72 hours later. Breiner claims that he was called into a meeting with Deputy Superintendent Rick Culross where his sexuality was the top subject matter.
Breiner later discovered that his position was given to a heterosexual woman which immediately raised red flags over the claim that the school’s budget issues was merely an excuse to terminate him over his sexual orientation.
Once Nicholas Breiner found out that he was replaced by a heterosexual woman, he filed a complaint of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the school district’s alleged violation of federal law.
However, Kentucky civil rights law doesn’t prohibit discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, and Mount Sterling — where Breiner taught at McNabb — isn’t one of 10 cities in the state that offers civil rights protections to its LGBTQ community.
“I honestly never intended to come out.” said Nicholas Breiner. “I’ve known I was bi for years but, as far as I was concerned, that was nobody’s business but my own. It’s something I have never pursued and, honestly, likely never will. A couple of weeks ago, however, I was working with a person who was struggling. This was partially due to their orientation. I felt that they needed to know there was someone in the room that understood and supported them, regardless of who they were. As terrifying as it was to admit, I had to value someone else’s well-being over my own privacy. After a lot of support from people I decided that 30 years was long enough to wait. Hey world, I am what I am.” said Breiner.
Kentucky State Senator Morgan McGarvey said the bill he has filed in the Senate as well as the one submitted in the State’s House of Representatives, would extend civil rights protections based on sexual orientation statewide, will never see the light of day as long as Republicans are in control of both chambers of the state’s government.
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Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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