A video going viral on social media shows a Delta Airlines employee refusing to back down to a transgender actor complaining about being “misgendered.”

Tommy Dorfman, a biological male actor who identifies as female, posted the interaction that reportedly occurred at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.

Dorfman was waiting to board a flight to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, three days before Christmas.

The actor complained that a female Delta employee referred to him by male pronouns and began complaining to the male employee behind the counter.

“What about when a Delta employee misgenders you intentionally?” Dorfman asked.


“While he’s talking, you’re talking,” the Delta employee said.

” You just misgendered me again,” Dorfman commented.

“Okay,” the Delta employee replied.

“Multiple times. Both of you have,” Dorfman said.

“That wasn’t intentional but if you want to take it personal,” the Delta employee said.

“Well, she did do it twice,” Dorfman commented.

“You’re talking to me too,” the Delta employee replied.

“You said she, then you said he,” Dorfman said.

“You’re being condescending. And if you want to continue, I will have Port Authority 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,” the Delta employee said.

“I’m good. I’ll just put this on,” Dorfman said.


X users commented on the video:

“Trans activists are calling for a boycott of Delta Airlines after a transgender actor complained about being ‘misgendered’ by two Delta employees at LaGuardia Airport. Tommy Dorfman, who starred in 13 Reasons Why, uploaded a video of the interaction to his TikTok,” Reduxx Magazine said.

Newsweek reports:

The Anti-Defamation League states that because names and pronouns are two ways people refer to themselves and others, both are “personal and important.”

“They are also key facets of our identity,” the anti-hate organization said on its website. “Therefore, calling someone by the wrong name or ‘misgendering’ them by using incorrect pronouns can feel disrespectful, harmful and potentially unsafe.

Delta’s website states that the airline has had a “long-standing commitment” to diversity, equity and inclusion.

A spokesperson for Delta told Newsweek in an email on Tuesday night that “we’re aware of the video and looking into the matter, including reaching out to our customer to understand more about what occurred.”

While multiple social media users voiced support for the actress, praising Dorfman for standing up for herself in the comments of her TikTok post, the video also ignited immense conservative backlash with numerous people giving kudos to the Delta employee featured in the clip.

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