Lily McBeth says the school district put her back in the closet
Mr. McBeth was a popular substitute teacher in South Jersey, until he came back as Miss McBeth. The former William McBeth had undergone sex-reassignment surgery and was now Lily McBeth. Although there was some controversy the southern New Jersey schools’ 2006 decisions to keep her on as a substitute were hailed around the nation as a model of tolerance and acceptance of transgender Americans. “When I got the news from the school board that I would be retained, I was thrilled, I thought, they consider me a person of worth, and that I could still be a valuable asset. But it didn’t happen,” she said to a local reporter.