Tanner Cross, trans youth, and courage

This morning, a court in Virginia ruled that Loudon County Schools PE teacher Bryce Tanner Cross would have to be reinstated to the job from which he was suspended for stating publicly that he would not use the pronouns requested by any transgender students, which he believed to be “abuse to a child” and “sinning against God.” Predictably, the response within the right-wing media infrastructure has been rapturous, with ADF lawyer Kristen Waggoner praising his “courage” as a grown man refusing not to bully the 5–10 year old children under his care.