Let’s get this out of the way: British TV personality Piers Morgan can be a knob when it comes to discussing transgender and non-binary issues on the air. He once called gender neutrality “a fad” and asked a non-binary couple if he could identify as a black woman or an elephant. Another time, he threw a tantrum, stating “I might wear a skirt to work tomorrow as part of my gender-neutral, non-binary identity.”
After Morgan asked a recent non-binary guest on Good Morning Britain whether they’d had an “operation to change sex” (a very personal question that has doesn’t determine a person’s gender identity), the guest decided that they’d had enough of Morgan’s crap and asked Morgan whether one of his testicles hangs lower than the other.
Sadly, Morgan refused to answer, leaving the audience to wonder.
Morgan and his co-host Susana Reid interviewed Kori Doty, a non-binary Canadian parent who recently appeared in the news because of their desire not to have their child’s gender listed on its birth certificate so that the child can decide their gender for themselves at a later date.
In the interview, Morgan asked Doty if Doty was “born male or female.” Dory responded, “Piers, I’ve seen your interviews. I know you’ve gotten in trouble for asking these questions before and you know this isn’t actually the right way to ask them.”
Doty eventually explained, “When I was born, I was assigned female, but that doesn’t mean I was born a girl.”
Later, Morgan asked if Doty had gender reassignment surgery.
Doty shot back: “I will remind you that the genital configuration and surgical history of trans people is not actually an issue on the table. It’s not a conversation that’s needed to be had.”
When Morgan pressed the issue again, Doty responded, “If that’s the direction this conversation is going to go, can I ask you if one of your testicles hangs lower?”
Morgan said he couldn’t answer because his is a “family friendly” program. But Doty had made their point: A person’s genitals and surgical history have nothing to do with their gender identity.
Some women have penises, some men have vaginas, some non-binary people have either, some intersex people have a little of both. In the end, it’s rude and invasive to ask. It doesn’t really matter and it’s certainly nobody’s business, least of all Piers Morgan’s.
Morgan later asked what would happen if Doty’s child “wanted to identify as a monkey”.