Transgender teacher Marla Krolikowski fired from Catholic school
Meet Marla Krolikowski. She no longer has any reason to hide. For 32 years, Krolikowski lived a dual life, teaching at St. Francis Prep School in Queens as a man, Mark, who professionally dressed in a suit and tie. "I valued the job so much that I was willing to internalize everything, because the job met so much to me," said Krolikowski. Krolikowski says she did start to add more feminine touches over the years, but claims no one seemed to mind. There are plenty of yearbook photos of her like that. "I noticed it was a bit more feminine, but I mean, I didn't think it was anything to write home about," said former student Christina Guarino, "so it didn't matter, no." Apparently, a parent did care. Krolikowski says in October of 2011 that school officials brought her in and confronted her. "They said, 'are you a drag performer, are you a female impersonator?'" Krolikowski said, "they gave me all these different things, so finally I said 'I'm transgendered and I identify as a woman. Then everybody's jaw dropped, and then, I said, 'oh god, what did I do?'"