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Female lifeguard applicant who identifies as male exposes 'bare breasts' in front of 'several dozen children' at city pool

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A transgender lifeguard applicant — a female who identifies as male — exposed "bare breasts" in front of "several dozen children" at a pool in Jacksonville, Florida, last week, WJAX-TV reported.

What are the details?

The station said the incident occurred at Cecil Aquatic Center during a group tryout for the lifeguard position and that the city received complaints.

Here's a statement from the city about what happened, WJAX said:

This incident happened Thursday of last week at Cecil Pool. A transgender person, a female who identifies as male, removed their shirt exposing their bare breasts, and completed a portion of the training with 20 other trainees. While we cannot confirm the age of the individuals participating in the training, JaxParks recruits lifeguards starting at age 15. This occurred within view of several dozen children and their parents sharing the same pool at the same time.

Two City Hall sources told the station the City of Jacksonville will not hire the lifeguard candidate in question.

'Kids don’t sexualize breasts'

Cielo Sunsarae, executive director and founder of Queer Trans Project, told WJAX the city is being unfair to the transgender lifeguard applicant who was "coming for a position to protect the children and people at the pool" and was "denied" the job for a reason "completely not related to it."

"Kids don’t sexualize breasts," Sunsarae added to the station. "It’s the adults that are making it out bigger than what it is. What is the difference if the person had top surgery or not?”

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's perspective on the matter struck a distinctly different tone. WJAX noted his statement:

Through a citizen expressing concerns, my administration became aware of an incident where a biological female trainee in a lifeguard program was topless at one of our public pools.

After consideration of the incident, I believe it is wrong for our public pools to be a place where Jacksonville families are forced to explain to their children why a person hired to protect public safety is exposing her breasts.

I see no reason for our lifeguards to be forced to make changes to existing rules mandating that biological females cover their chests. Our parks and public pools are meant to be a place where families can feel safe to enjoy themselves. We shouldn’t force parents of young children to be caught in the crossfire of battles over wokeism.

Sunsarae added to the station that more education about the LGBTQ community is needed: "We can’t move past this as a community without the proper education, and the advocacy, and just the basic respect. No matter how much you don’t agree with someone’s ideals, just respect them."

How are folks reacting?

The WJAX story on the incident found its way onto Yahoo! News, and more than 2,600 comments and counting have rolled in since Tuesday. As you might guess, the commenters are fired up. The following are but a few of them:

  • "This world is out of control," one commenter said. "She he is sick."
  • "If they want to be respected, they need to be respectful," another commenter wrote. "Indecent exposure is against the law, respect it or be arrested. The noise being made by a very small population, is starting to annoy the larger population."
  • "Now the person will try to sue for discrimination, cost tax payer dollars, and try to absorb as much attention as possible," another commenter said. "There’s a huge mental health crisis in our country."
  • "A rational person needs to ask: why exactly are these people so insistent and eager to be indecent around young kids?" another commenter asked. "Seems like there might be an alternative agenda here besides just 'being their true selves.'"
  • "There is no such thing as transphobia. There are, however, normal folks who know the difference between normal biology and gender delusion and don't mind reminding the biologically confused of the facts," another commenter stated. "Removing one's genitals, having massive cosmetic surgery, and then injecting the wrong hormones for the rest of one's life is the 21st-century equivalent of Dr. Frankenstein's creation...part human and part artificial. And the LGBTQ+ community insist[s] on using kids while hiding behind the lie of losing their rights and everyone hating them and saying it's inhumane. This all because 0.005% of the population has a mental health issue that they insist should be accepted as normal. And ignore that it's a mental health issue."

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