Thursday 26 April 2018

RTÉ news reporter Jonathan Clynch identifies as 'gender fluid'

Broadcaster has reportedly told radio bosses he will return to work as 'Jonathan Rachel Clynch'

Jonathan 'Rachel' Clynch
Jonathan 'Rachel' Clynch
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

RTÉ radio presenter Jonathan Clynch has reportedly told bosses he identifies as "gender fluid" and will be addressed as Jonathan Rachel.

The 44-year-old broadcaster has changed his name on social media and has been widely praised for his decision to publicly identify as gender fluid - a first for the state broadcaster - as revealed in today's Irish Daily Star.

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 Marian saying: "After today’s front page, Jonathan wants to speak about his decision on his own terms."

As a gender fluid individual, Mr Clynch sometimes identifies himself more as male and other times as more female.

Clynch has worked at RTÉ for the last 16 years across several departments and roles including  news anchor, reporter and researcher for the popular News at One show on RTÉ Radio 1.

When he returns to work in a few weeks, the news presenter will now be referred to as Jonathan Rachel Clynch.

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 100pc supportive of Jonathan Rachel who is a valued member of staff and a highly respected journalist."

Many have taken to Twitter today to congratulate Clynch on his decision.

"Well done Jonathan Rachel - very brave move and great to see acceptance by colleagues and @rte," one user wrote.

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