Update: The emergency room nurse at TriHealth in Cincinnati who posted anti-LGBTQ epithets on Facebook has now resigned, according to WCPO.
TriHealth CEO Mark Clement made a statement regarding the incident in a news release:
“As we move forward and all of us learn from this troubling event, we know we must remain grounded in and guided by the — Serving and Respecting All People, Valuing Differences and Respecting and Celebrating our Spiritual Heritage,” TriHealth CEO Mark Clement wrote in a news release. “I remain hopeful that something good will come out of this very sad event as we recommit to coming together for the common good of those we serve, accepting and celebrating ALL our differences."
Spurred by Procter & Gamble’s decision to remove the female symbol from Always menstrual products in order to be more inclusive of trans and nonbinary people, a Cincinnati-based emergency room nurse went on an expletive-laden anti-LGBTQ rant for which she has been placed on administrative leave. Now, Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach has called for a boycott of her employer, TriHealth, until she is fired, according to local TV station WCPO.
Seelbach, who is gay, took a screenshot of the diatribe in which the nurse said that she doesn’t believe in transgender people and that entitled gay men and women were running the country.
“Men need to be men. Women need to be women,” she wrote.
“Fuck ‘Always.’ This country has gone to complete shit. Women have periods, men don’t. Why do certain applications ask for LEGAL SEX … you’re either male or female,” the nurse wrote. “There’s no fucking in between. Jesus people — get your heads on straight. Grab a mirror — it’s easy. You either have a dick or you don’t.”
Regarding his call for a boycott of TriHealth until the nurse is fired, Seelbach said:
"Nurses should be able to treat anyone regardless of our differences, and having such extreme views and being able to put them out there publicly would make a lot of us apprehensive of wanting a nurse to treat us. I would not feel comfortable going to TriHealth knowing that this woman could treat me as a nurse."
In a statement from TriHealth, it was revealed that the nurse, whose name has not been released by major news organizations, was suspended for “her own safety and for the safety of others.”
Tristan Vaught, a Cincinnati-based nonbinary activist who works with the Living With Change foundation said of the nurse’s anti-LGBTQ comments, “This is the reason why transgender people don’t feel comfortable going to the doctor, and they don’t feel comfortable accessing medical care.”
“In hospitals, you’re not sure who you’re going to get,” Vaught told WCPO.
In an internal memo, TriHealth wrote that every patient is entitled to reliable and compassionate care.