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2016-09-23 23:10:04


Trans teen athlete says McDonald’s fired him ‘because of the media’ attention

Kenny Cooley made headlines in his hometown in Halifax, Nova Scotia and all around the world last week, as the first out transgender football player on his high school team. But two days after the news broke, Cooley said he was fired from his job at the local McDonald’s, and his boss said it was in part because of those headlines.

In an interview with Canada‘s Metronews, Cooley said he was given two reasons for dismissal: “one because of the media, and two because we had some schedule mishaps.”

When Cooley, 17, was profiled in LGBTQ Nation, he spoke about how “caring” and “accepting” the other boys on the team were. But Metronews reports his boss at McDonald’s on Bedford Highway didn’t even respond to press inquiries.

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