Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek, 55, has taught at Christian-based Spring Arbor University in Michigan for 16 years. She is an ordained Baptist minister and served as associate dean of adult studies for the University. Despite an excellent work record, Julie’s contract was terminated after coming out as transgender. She is such a well-respected member of the Spring Arbor campus that over 145 students formed “We Support Julie Marie Nemecek.” The group rallied on Monday, February 12th on Julie’s behalf. Supportive students gathered on campus sidewalks and carried signs that asked, “What would Jesus do?”
“I have worked hard for this university, have been praised for my performance, and I have done nothing immoral or sinful,” said Nemecek.
NCTE anticipates that a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will be introduced this year. If passed ENDA would protect thousands of trans people who experience employment discrimination every day.
For more information about Professor Nemecek’s story, click here to read Roselyn James’ article “Christian College Fires Transgender Professor.”