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Delta was trending on Twitter/X earlier today, so I had to click to find out why. Apparently, a trans actress named Tommy Dorfman got into an argument with a Delta gate agent at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) late last week over perceived slights and misgendering by another gate agent. In my opinion, the employee handled the situation well and I applaud how calm he remained.
when you try to advocate for yourself at @delta and are met woth even more transpbobia and threats of being arrested at laguardia. tristan, the employee, said he was fine with me posting this. didnt realize it was condescending to flag a human rights violation after another employee misgendered me incessantly.
I’m gay and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. I have no issues with however anyone identifies and I look to be respectful of pronouns and gender identity. This is not always easy as people do not always present in a way that makes it obvious to know their preferred pronouns. It’s unknown what was said before the video starts, but I have to say that the gate agent seems polite and remains calm throughout the exchange.
Many on Twitter/X have taken this video as a way to bash trans people or talk about wokeness. It’s impossible to know what happened earlier in the situation, but many are saying that Dorfman was looking for trouble and to try to create a situation where there wasn’t one. I wasn’t even sure who Dorfman was, but looked her up and she is best known for playing Ryan Shaver in 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.
A Delta spokesperson told Newsweek:
We’re aware of the video and looking into the matter, including reaching out to our customer to understand more about what occurred.”
When I meet new people, I take cues from them. If they don’t say their pronouns, I’ll default to their name or they/them to be safe. As in, “They just took us through the training” or “I already notified them that we’re making a change.” It’s simple and respectful. Using pronouns that might differ from what you’d expect someone to use can make them feel uncomfortable, but they should also be ready to share what pronouns they want you to use and forgive you if initially you use the wrong ones.
Anthony’s Take: We only see part of the story, but the employee seems professional and polite. Many people struggle with understanding sexual orientation and gender identity. I feel it’s up to everyone to learn more, keep an open mind, and ask questions to better educate themselves.
(Featured Image Credit: @tommy.dorfman via TikTok.)
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