A teacher sacked for humiliating a transgender student has raised thousands for his legal challenge.

And the fundraiser continues despite Kevin Lister - once a maths teacher at New College Swindon - losing an employment tribunal and having his unfair dismissal claim thrown out.

A GoFundMe page set up by Mr Lister has raised a total of £11,075 to help him "fight transgender madness in the education system". 

The page was set up this year by Mr Lister, with the aim to fund his legal challenge against his dismissal from the local higher education facility who sacked him after he refused to refer to a biologically female student, aged 17, by their preferred male name and he/him pronouns in A-level maths lessons, and 'deadnamed' them in class. 

Mr Lister claimed that his gender-critical beliefs, which saw him call being transgender a 'cult', were the reason why he was fired, but the tribunal found that it was his conduct in 'humiliating' the student that gave the education setting grounds to fire him. 

In an update on the fundraising page provided on April 1, Mr Lister said: "My case is important to everyone in every public institution in this country, even though I lost it, and that is maybe why it is so important.

"I lost my case in the employment tribunal for unfair dismissal and discrimination. The nub of the issue is that a college or school can introduce a transgender affirmative policy where students are indoctrinated into believing in the implicit magical transformational journey that they can embark on to become the opposite sex, and teachers have to support this belief, irrespective of their own concerns and without question.

"Once a student falls for this belief he or she can immediately claim to have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment. Once a student has done this, a teacher who warns that what they are proposing is dangerous and not evidence-based can be accused of harassment and bullying and be fired on safeguarding grounds for causing emotional harm to a transitioning student, as I was."

Mr Lister added he is now looking at appealing the decision made by the employment tribunal and will use the donations he's received as he could "be liable to the other sides costs if I am not successful."

The employment tribunal stated that Mr Lister "had manifested his beliefs in an objectionable manner which ought to have been prohibited to ensure the protection of others".

It added: "The [college's] decision to dismiss had not fallen outside a range of decisions open to a reasonable employer in the circumstances, particularly since [Mr Lister] indicated that he was not prepared to modify his conduct going forward."