RTE man bravely tells bosses he is 'gender fluid' and wants to be known by male and female names on air
A VETERAN male RTE broadcaster, who took the brave decision to attend work this week in a 'gender fluid' female persona has received the full backing of Montrose chiefs.
Jonathan Clynch was supposed to speak on the Marian Finucane Show this morning about his decision to be identified as what he describes as "gender fluid" and be known on air as "Jonathan Rachel'
But he decided not to after the story was reported in the national press. He wished to 'speak about his decision on his own terms' Marian told listeners.
It was first reported in this morning's Irish Daily Star that RTÉ radio presenter Clynch has told bosses that he identifies as gender fluid and wished to be addressed as Jonathan Rachel Clynch on air in the future.
It is also reported that RTE support his decision fully and that the 44-year-old has told staff he wishes to attend work dressed as a woman sometimes.
Many of his colleagues saw him in women's clothing and make up for the first time last week when he attended a meeting at Montrose.
Gender fluidity means that sometimes the person identifies more as a male and at others more as a female.
He was due to appear on The Marian Finucane Show this morning to discuss the move, but he cancelled his appearance at the last minute, with host Finucane saying: "After today’s front page, Jonathan wants to speak about his decision on his own terms."
“The thing about it is that he was to come in and talk to us today about the whole thing and to explain it and how his life and that will be changed for the better for him now,” she said.
“But he only found out yesterday that this would be in the papers today. This morning he decided he’d rather not and he didn’t want The Star or indeed any other paper to dictate when he would or he wouldn’t talk about himself,” added Finucane
“I’ve no doubt he’ll be talking in his own good time,” she said.
The broadcaster has changed his name on social media.
An official statement from RTÉ said: "[We], both as an employer and broadcaster, value the uniqueness of individuals and encourage diversity and equality.
"We are 100 pc supportive of Jonathan Rachel who is a valued member of staff and a highly respected journalist."
Clynch is best known as an anchor, reporter and researcher on RTE's flagship News at One programme on Radio 1 and he has worked at Montrose for 16 years.
The broadcaster is due to return to work after annual leave early next month.