Kimberly and Beck Apologize

- Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck issued an apology, one day after they were fired from their jobs hosting a morning show on 98.9 The Buzz.

The statement reads, "We are very sorry for the hurt and pain we have caused anyone, especially those in the Transgender community and their friends and families. What we said and the manner in which we handled ourselves was wrong, we take full responsibility and we deeply apologize to any and all that we offended.

Our attempt was to discuss a controversial healthcare issue; however our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the Transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio we that wish we could take back.
We fully understand Entercom’s position and their decision to dismiss us. It is their right and we accept their decision and our responsibility in it.

Entercom has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for the LGBT community and we are proud to have been helpful in Entercom’s efforts over our 13 years with the company.

It is our hope that this situation can be a time of learning and understanding about the Transgender community and not a time for additional anger and insensitivity. This is a community of individuals that struggle painfully to be themselves and find the support and comfort they deserve. We believe that this can be a chance for all of us to stop the ignorance and find our humanity."

Scott Fearing, the head of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley said he was pleased the statement expressed a willingness to learn. Fearing said he would be willing to meet with the duo to talk about what has happened. He would also like to offer them free tickets to a film screening about trans issues. Watch Fearing's interview on News 8 First at 4 by clicking the video above.

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