Professor’s perfect response to homophobic student goes viral
A professor has gone viral after responding with a fantastic answer to a homophobic question from one of his students.
A medical student in Wisconsin recounted the story to his Twitter followers on Thursday. “Today in one of our med classes we talked about LGBT patients and the professor isn’t taking anyone’s s**t,” @ZachsClubClinic wrote, before describing the interaction.
“Student: What if we don’t feel comfortable treating someone following that lifestyle?
“Professor: Find a different career”.Brutal in the best way – and completely correct.
Speaking to PinkNews, the Twitter user said: “Oh jeez, I didn’t expect anyone to actually write about it, I don’t even use my real name on here.
“But I guess I just thought it was a brilliant way to shut him down.
“I’m originally from Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, so being in an environment now where a professor can just openly shut someone down like that is relieving in a way.”
He said it felt “weird” but good to go viral, considering that his cousin is transgender.
“This account was made just to get out thoughts and keep in contact with some people, I never really intended it to have anything be popular,” he wrote.
“But I have a transgender cousin so I suppose if I’m gonna go viral, standing by LGBT people is a good reason to.”
As the tweet blew up, attracting more than 110,000 retweets and likes, the med student wrote: “The fact that this went viral and the comments make me feel like the situation was supposed to result in everyone clapping and standing.
“Sorry to disappoint you all but all that happened was some snickers, an embarrassed student, and then moving on,” he added.
Presciently, he tweeted this afternoon as this article was being written, saying: “I gained LITERALLY 300 followers overnight and that tweet is at like 80k likes.
“My tweet is gonna end up on f**king BuzzFeed or something, I swear.”
Wisconsin has seen some notable progress in terms of LGBT rights in recent times.
In January, a Wisconsin school district was ordered to pay out $800,000 after transgender student Ash Whitaker sued his school for banning him from using the bathroom that corresponded with his gender identity.
The ruling came after the Kenosha Unified School Board voted to drop its appeal, which would have been heard in the Supreme Court, in favour of paying the settlement.
Ron Stadler, the attorney for the school district, said that the decision to drop the case was purely financial, and did not mean they believed trans students should be given access to their facilities of choice.
However, the case will set precedent for future lawsuits concerning the same issue.
Whitaker and other trans students were forced to wear bright green wristbands to signify their gender identities and enable their bathroom usage to be policed.
Whitaker described himself in a statement from the Transgender Law Center as “deeply relieved that this long, traumatic part of my life is finally over and I can focus on my future and simply being a college student.”
The win was “empowering,” he said, because it “made me feel like I can actually do something to help other trans youth live authentically. My message to other trans kids is to respect themselves and accept themselves and love themselves. If someone’s telling you that you don’t deserve that, prove them wrong.”