Hood College: Professor Reportedly Fired for Viral Video Discussing Lesbian Identity, Calling Conservatives “The Enemy”

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Hood College

On May 4, 2022, the conservative Twitter account Libs of TikTok re-posted a two-minute video of Hood College Professor Simone Kolysh discussing their identity as a “nonbinary lesbian immigrant” and stating that conservatives are “the enemy” and will lose the war, the latter a reference to conservative efforts to pass bills relating to classroom discussion of LGBT issues and limitations on abortion. On June 13, a news report stated Kolysh was fired from the college for expressing these views. On June 17, FIRE wrote Hood College explaining that if the reports are true, the university violated its commitments to faculty freedom of expression and academic freedom by firing Kolysh based on viewpoint.