Arkansas state senator asks transgender pharmacist if she has penis at committee hearing

A Republican state senator in Arkansas asked a transgender pharmacist if she has a penis as she testified against a proposed law to ban transition drugs and procedures for minors. Arkansas state Sen. Matt McKee directed the question at Little Rock pharmacist Gwendolyn Herzig during a Judiciary Committee earlier this week, drawing gasps and jeers from some in attendance. “You said that you’re a trans woman?” McKee asked Herzig. “Do you have a penis?” McKee’s question riled some attendees, including one person who yelled out in the middle of the hearing, “Disgraceful.” TRANS RIGHTS HURL TITLE IX INTO POLITICAL FRAY AMID STATE BATTLES ‘AKIN TO A JUGGERNAUT’ Herzig replied that McKee’s question was “horrible.” “I don’t know what my rights are, but that question was highly inappropriate,” said Herzig, who has a doctorate in pharmacy. “I’m a health care professional, a doctor,” Herzig continued. “Please treat me as such. Next question, please.” Speaking later to NBC News, Herzig said she was expecting any other question “than what I got.” “It was probably the most publicly humiliating thing I’ve ever gone through,” she told the outlet. TRANS PSYCHOLOGIST FILES BRIEF AGAINST MARYLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT HIDING TRANSITIONS FROM PARENTS: ‘TERRIBLE IDEA’ Herzig acknowledged that video of the exchange was going viral, adding, “I really just hope it just shows people that there’s people like me who want to stand up and that there are people who want to make sure there are access to resources.” McKee did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. TUKCER CARLSON: HOSPITALS ARE MUTILATING CHILDREN The Democratic Party of Arkansas later blasted McKee for his line of questioning, tweeting, “Republicans are not hiding their transphobia.” The heated exchange came during a hearing on a bill introduced in the Arkansas State Senate this month that would prohibit physicians from performing transgender surgeries or prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors. The proposed legislation would also allow people who have received such medical care to sue medical practitioners for up to 30 years after turning 18. The bill passed through Arkansas’ Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
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