Michael Bloomberg has come under fire for comments he made last year where he referred to transgender people as ‘it’.
The 78-year-old billionaire made the remark at a forum hosted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency on 21 March last year in Manhattan.
Speaking about legal protections for trans people, he said:
If you go to the middle of the country, people would say if your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula for most people.
As a result of the resurfaced video, many people took to social media to express their disappointment in the offensive terminology.
If your defense of Bloomberg is “he was just saying defending transgender people from attacks that call them ‘it’ a… https://t.co/MAZR6P4KaH
Not only are trans, non-binary, & genderqueer folks PEOPLE & not "its," attitudes like Bloomberg's display a stunni… https://t.co/JWZAyCCkhu
— Jess Phoenix is your Volcano Friend 🌋 (@Jess Phoenix is your Volcano Friend 🌋)
The resurfaced video comes about after fashion designer and Project Runway judge Isaac Mizrahi released a video throwing his support behind Bloomberg and claiming the candidate is "so incredibly sensitive" to LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
I lived in @MikeBloomberg’s New York, and I saw him fight every day for the LGBTQ+ community. And not just the adul… https://t.co/BA8ZSEadjI
Many people on social media then called out Isaac's support for a candidate who enforced the harmful "stop and frisk" policy that disproportionately affected people of colour, the poor and trans youth.
@IsaacMizrahi @MikeBloomberg Hi sooo I’m a young queer organizer in a youth program @LGBTCenterNYC & I’ve literally… https://t.co/onEw37PoYF