Radio hosts ridicule transgender child


In a lengthy May 28, tirade on the “Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning” radio show heard in Sacramento, California, on KRXQ 98.5 FM and in Reno, Nevada ,on KDOT 104.5 FM, hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States verbally attacked transgender children. While discussing a recent story about a transgender child in Omaha, Nebraska, and her parents’ decision to support her transition, the two hosts spent more than 30 minutes explicitly promoting child abuse of and making cruel, dehumanizing and defamatory comments toward transgender children.

You can listen to the entire segment beginning at 4:48 by clicking this link.

Among the comments made by the hosts:

ROB WILLIAMS [11:12]: This is a weird person who is demanding attention. And when it’s a child, all it takes is a hug, maybe some tough love or anything in between. When your little boy said, ‘Mommy, I want to walk around in a dress.’ You tell them no cause that’s not what boys do. But that’s not what we’re doing in this culture.

ARNIE STATES [13:27]: If my son, God forbid, if my son put on a pair of high heels, I would probably hit him with one of my shoes. I would throw a shoe at him. Because you know what? Boys don’t wear high heels. And in my house, they definitely don’t wear high heels.

ROB WILLIAMS [17:45]: Dawn, they are freaks. They are abnormal. Not because they’re girls trapped in boys bodies but because they have a mental disorder that needs to be somehow gotten out of them. That’s where therapy could help them.

ROB WILLIAMS [18:15]: Or because they were molested. You know a lot of times these transgenders were molested. And you need to work with them on that. The point is you don’t allow the behavior. You cure the cause!

 You got a boy saying, ‘I wanna wear dresses.’ I’m going to look at him and go, ‘You know what? You’re a little idiot! You little dumbass! Look, you are a boy! Boys don’t wear dresses.’

ARNIE STATES [29:22]: You know, my favorite part about hearing these stories about the kids in high school, who the entire high school caters around, lets the boy wear the dress. I look forward to when they go out into society and society beats them down. And they end up in therapy.

To her credit, co-host Dawn Rossi stood up to Williams and States during the segment.
Despite her apparent lack of familiarity with transgender issues, Rossi repeatedly defended transgender people and made an on-air apology for her colleagues’ defamatory remarks.

Please contact KRXQ management in Sacramento, California, where the show is produced and demand that radio show hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States publicly apologize. Call on KRXQ to hold Williams and States accountable for their remarks and establish clear standards to ensure their media platform will not be used to condone or promote violence against any parts of the communities they serve.

John Geary
Vice President & General Manager
(916) 339-4209

Arnie States
On Air Personality
(916) 334-7777

Rob Williams
On Air Personality
(916) 334-7777

Please use the share page functionality at the top of this page to alert any of your friends and others who may also wish to take action. When contacting KRXQ, please ensure that your emails and phone calls are civil and respectful and do not engage in the kind of name-calling or abusive behavior.


The best part of this story is that on the show’s Web site, a poll indicates that a majority of people think the comments were out of line.

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8 thoughts on “Radio hosts ridicule transgender child

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  2. Doesn’t matter if the co-host isn’t familiar with transgender issues. That just makes it even more impressive that she stood up for them. Usually the less familiar you are with anyone from the LGBTQ spectrum, the less likely you are to speak out for them or support them.
    If she did so just because she thought what they were saying was wrong, then hats off to her.

  3. i cant believe teh comments that they made.
    Their ignorance is disgusting.
    To think that they condone violence against children but do not condone their children stepping out of the gender roles they were randomly assigned at birth.

  4. I can’t believe people will vote that it’s ok to advocate actual physical violence towards children (a criminal offence) by using the “freedom of speech” argument. Again we see those who would attempt to justify hate generating speech play that card.. and again they just show themselves for what they are, people who really do not actually believe in freedoms at all but in repression and violence towards anybody who is in some way seen as different. If the boot was on the other foot and a transperson was to say “all christians and blacks.. I would hit them.. I would throw shoes at them” on a public media service they would have the bible thumpers and civil rights people burning down the building within minutes and it would probably take the police to stop a lynching. It’s not good enough to just protest these hateful ignorant people apologise.. they advocated hate motivated assaults on children.. sack them immediately. Protest to the stations financial backers.. the advertisers.. boycott their products and make sure people in stores know why you are refusing to buy.. and see how fast it spreads. Nobody has the right to suggest using physical violence against any other person on the radio or in the media… regardless of any “freedom of speech” rubbish argument to the contrary.

  5. This is ridiculous! I demand they be fired. If they were talking about abusing a “normal” child they would have been fired on the spot, but because this child is trans, it is a different story. This is ridiculous. Shame on the DJs, the radio station and people who condone what they said.

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