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Levine corrects Pittsburgh radio host during call ‘Please stop misgendering me’

By: - May 12, 2020 6:05 pm

Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine briefs the press on Saturday, 4/25/20

In a call with reporters on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine had to admonish a Pittsburgh radio talk show host to “please stop misgendering me” after he called her “sir” multiple times. 

KDKA-AM radio personality Marty Griffin was asking a question about what the state’s “end game” was for reopening the state, and the color-coded system of red, yellow and green counties. In the course of asking his question, Griffin called Levine, a trans woman, “sir” at least three times. After being confronted by Levine,  Griffin apologized on the call and later on Twitter claiming he was distracted.

Griffin, a former KDKA-TV reporter, has run afoul of the LGBTQ community in the past. And he’s not the only KDKA radio host to come under fire for insensitive remarks; afternoon drive time host and ex-WTAE-TV anchor Wendy Bell was roundly criticized for a recent segment questioning whether it was worth shutting down the economy when “less than 1 percent of our population” might die from the coronavirus. 

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Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications. Follow her on Threads @social_kimly