The video uploaded by Tommy Dorfman, a biological male who identifies as female and uses she/her pronouns, on Tuesday went viral.
It was taken at LaGuardia Airport on December 22 when he was waiting to board a flight to his hometown of Atlanta for the holidays.
In the video, Dorfman expressed offense after a female Delta employee referred to him using male pronouns and proceeded to inform the male employee behind the counter of this misgendering.
Although initially polite and understanding, upon further inquiry by Dorfman, the employee threatened to have security escort him out of the airport due to his behavior.
He then backed down from his stance.
Dorfman intended for this post to show an alleged transphobic attitude from Delta employees; however, it instead garnered criticism for his own conduct towards an otherwise respectful individual.
@tommy.dorfmanwhen you try to advocate for yourself at @delta and are met woth even more transpbobia and threats of being arrested at laguardia. tristan, the employee, said he was fine with me posting this. didnt realize it was condescending to flag a human rights violation after another employee misgendered me incessantly.♬ original sound – tommy.dorfman
Dorfman: What about when an adult misgenders you intentionally?
Delta employee: While he’s talking, you’re talking…
Dorfman: You just misgendered me again.
Delta employee: Okay.
Dorfman: Multiple times. Both of you have.
Delta employee: That wasn’t intentional but if you want to take it personal…
Dorfman: Well, she did do it twice.
Delta employee: You’re talking to me too.
Dorfman: You said she, then you said he.
Delta employee: You’re being condescending. And if you want to continue, I will have (unintelligible) escort you out of the building right this moment if you want to play that game with me.
Would you like to continue three days before Christmas? I really don’t mind.
Dorfman ultimately conceded defeat, putting on the Delta Airlines shirt in a sign of submission.
This incident has led to trans activists calling for a boycott of Delta Airlines in protest of Dorfman’s humiliation.