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Philly radio host Stigall targets Levine in transphobic rant, report

By: - December 17, 2020 11:02 am

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine warns of a ‘fall resurgence’ of COVID-19 cases during a news conference on Monday, 10/19/20 (screen capture)

Philadelphia radio host Chris Stigall has launched a transphobic attack on state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine,  according to a published report.

According to the LGBTQ news site, Pink News, Stigall told listeners during his show on Monday morning on 990 AM that “they keep trying to make you feel sorry for Cousin It out there, and that’s not going to work. Nobody’s in the mood to talk about the poor put-upon gender-confused health secretary.”

Levine, a transgender woman, has endured repeated transphobic attacks during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have focused on her management of the public health crisis, but many more, such as Stigall’s, have been deeply personal.

You can read the rest of Stigall’s remarks on the Pink News site.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.