D.C. Radio Hosts Suspended for Transphobic Exchange


This morning I posted on the disgusting exchange between 980am ESPN radio shosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin in which they mocked trans college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig.

They have been suspended. Wrote the station in a statement:

We strongly believe two of our employees crossed the line when discussing a transsexual person on their program last Thursday. Such intolerance and insensitivity will never be tolerated by this company. Due to the nature of this conversation, the pair have been temporarily removed from ESPN980's Sports Reporters program.

Writes GLAAD: "GLAAD has extended an offer to sit down with Czaban and Pollin and leaders from the transgender community to talk about the issues that affect transgender Americans, particularly those who are involved in athletics. It is important that the lesson they take away from this isn't simply 'don't make fun of transgender people or you'll get suspended.'  LGBT equality and inclusion in sports will never improve unless we are able to use these moments to educate each other and see each other as human beings."

Posted December 11, 2012 at 6:58pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Transgender