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‘Please don’t misgender me’: Reporter calls Pa. health secretary ‘sir’ multiple times during interview

A Pittsburgh radio station is again under scrutiny after one of its reporters called Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, “sir” at least three times during a Tuesday press call.

The incident happened while KDKA-AM personality Marty Griffin was asking a question about what the state’s “end game” is for reopening after the coronavirus, according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

Pittsburgh City Paper transcript shows Griffin called Levine “sir” in both his initial question and follow-up, leading her to tell him “please don’t misgender me,” and that it was “really insulting.”

Griffin later apologized on Twitter and said distractions caused him to use the wrong pronouns.


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One Comment

  1. Paul S Smith Paul S Smith May 14, 2020

    As Austin Powers once famously said: “well if it is a woman, she looks like she’s been beaten with an ugly stick.”

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