Support rally planned for transgender prof – By Keith Roberts — 768-4922

A rally will be held Monday to help a transgender Spring Arbor University professor keep her job.

John Nemecek, who is transitioning to become a woman, Julie Marie Nemecek, has been notified by the Christian-based university her contract won’t be renewed this spring after 16 years.

Drew Hinkle, founder of the Spring Arbor Gay Straight Alliance, said the rally is intended to show support for Julie and educate the public about the struggles transgender people face.

“The reason people are being so black-and-white and being so opposed is because they don’t understand what transgender is,” Hinkle said. “They’re just scared of what they don’t know.”