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‘Forgot I was mayor’: Basil Zempilas apologises for transgender comments saying he forgot his position – The Guardian

He was only elected two weeks ago, but the city’s new official has already caused offence with ‘repugnant’ slurs



Even in this era of turbo-charged politics, its a remarkable feat to be described as repugnant, bigoted, narrow-minded and parochial barely a fortnight after taking office.
Just 11 days after being sworn in as Perths new lord mayor, 49-year-old media celebrity Basil Zempilas was widely denounced after slurring transgender people on his morning radio show.
If youve got a penis mate, youre a bloke, he told 6PR listeners on Wednesday morning during a discussion about an upcoming LGBTQ+ boxing tournament…

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