World News – UA – Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas: « If you have a penis, you are a man »


Perth’s new Lord Mayor shared his thoughts on trans, mixed and intersex identities and bodies and identities, telling listeners about his radio show you got a penis, man, you are a dude If you have a vagina you are female « 

On this morning’s 6PR breakfast schedule, Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas and his longtime co-host Steve Mills discussed the morning news and highlighted several reports related to sexuality and to the genre

Discussing a recent essay by model Emily Ratajkowski, which originally appeared in Vogue, Zempilas expressed her thoughts on gender identity In her essay, Ratajkowski noted that when she tells friends she is pregnant, their first response is often to ask if she has a preference for the gender of her unborn child.

“We like to respond that we won’t know about sex until we are 18 and they’ll let us know then,” said Ratajkowski “Everyone laughs at this There is a truth in our lineage, however, which alludes to possibilities much more complex than the genitals our child might be born with »

Zempilas shared her thoughts on her non-binary approach to gender while laughing at her struggling child, referring to access to public toilets and genital-based locker rooms

« How do you manage until you’re 18 doing this? If the kid has an ‘old guy’ it will make it a bit difficult if that person tries to get into the cubicles for ladies, etc I mean, at school, I don’t know they’ll be happy, « Zempilas said

When Steve Mills pointed out that people can identify with different genders, the Lord Mayor said that was wrong

« No, you don’t No No False False » Said Zempilas « If you have a penis, man, you are a dude If you have a vagina, you are a woman Game over »

When Mills questioned the description Zempilas used, his co-host replied by accusing him of being « softie, left-handed » and « namby pamby »

Mills said some people might disagree with Zempilas’ descriptions, which Zempilas asked if these people would listen to 6PR

« Let’s try this It will be a lot of fun on 6PR » Zempilas said « If you listen to us this morning you have a penis but you are female call us now … we have a $ 100 Retravision voucher to give away »

After applauding a listener named Penny who said: « I’m a woman and I have a vagina If you’re a man you’ve got a penis, and that’s the end of the problem, » Zempilas promised to continue to replay their comments on air until the end of their stay on the station

Mills asked Zempilas if he had considered how he would treat people who disagree with his gender perspective in his new role as Lord Mayor

« Manipulate the penis? » Zempilas said, causing the others in the studio to laugh, « Well I’ll tell them what Penny just told me Steve If you’ve got a penis you’re male If you’ve got a vagina you’re female »

Also during the program, Zempilas and Mills discussed the announcement that Sydney would host the world’s first major LGBTIQ boxing tournament at which the Lord Mayor appeared to be making disgruntled noises

Audio of the exchange between the two gifts appeared on social media later in the day, and many people expressed alarm at the Lord Mayor’s morning comments

Speaking to OUTinPerth, Zempilas apologized to those who found his comments and competition offensive

« I fully understand that individuals have the right to identify any way they wish. I understand that one hundred percent » Zempilas said acknowledging that he was not completely familiar with the laws in Australia -Western, or that he tried to facilitate the change of identity of transgender people

The Lord Mayor said he was in favor of removing the red tape that many people face

« A person should be able to live their life the way they want to and we must not stand in their way or make it more difficult for them »

« The city of Perth are big supporters of Pride, over the years I have enjoyed going to Pride with my wife Amy in the past, and if the opportunity to attend this year’s events presents itself , I will definitely be there »

While he may not have seemed excited about the announcement of the LGBTIQ global boxing event this morning, the Lord Mayor said the city should look to see how it could capitalize on events like World Pride to be held in Sydney in 2024

« Whenever we can attract more people to Perth, now is a good time to attract more people to Perth Perth is one of the best cities in the world, and if there is a whole bunch of people who travel to Australia from all over the world so as the mayor of Perth I encourage as many as possible to drive through the city of Perth as well as « 

Hunter Gurevich, president of TransFolk of WA, responded to the audio, saying the comments were « disgusting, bigoted, narrow-minded, parochial and fundamentally negate contemporary science »

« Further, it puts LGBTQIA people at increased risk of harm, when we are already a vulnerable group in society. It is especially disappointing when the city of Perth has long supported the LGBTQIA community of Perth For M Zempilas, now betraying not only the community, but also our relationship with the city, is beyond inexcusable, ”continued Gurevich

« Perhaps the Honorable M Zempilas would consider consulting with experts in the field before making comments, as befits a public figure.This holds true not only for his comments on LGBTQIA people, but for a series of sectarian, misinformed and misjudged comments that he facts about vulnerable groups A real harm is being done to his constituents by making these comments And this has a real cost for the community at large « 

« No apologies will be accepted until M Zempilas will not have faced the damage his comments can and have caused « 

« We strongly recommend a trans awareness training for the city of Perth even before Mr. Zempilas plans to attend Pride « 

« We regularly train our employees to ensure that our broadcasters meet the standards and expectations of the community, » said the spokesperson for 6PR

Zempilas was sworn in as Perth’s new Lord Mayor just over a week ago His contract with talkback radio station 6PR ends before the end of the year he is tipped to take over a new role with another radio station

Alongside his role as Lord Mayor, Zempilas is also employed by SevenWest, editor of The West Australian, where he has written a regular column. He is also a sports commentator on Channel 7

Zempilas’ comments sparked a wave of criticism on social media from LGBTQIA communities and their allies, prompting the hashtag #notmymayor

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World News – UA – Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas: « If you have a penis, you are a man »



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