Ohio Nurse Placed On Leave After Alleged Anti-LGBTQ Facebook Rant Surfaces

A Cincinnati city councilman has called for the nurse to be fired from a Hamilton hospital. She told a commenter on Facebook that her account had been hacked.

An emergency room nurse in Ohio has been placed on administrative leave after a series of homophobic and transphobic remarks she鈥檇 allegedly made on Facebook came to light.

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach posted screenshots of the posts, attributed to Cindy Carter, to Twitter on Sunday. The images are said to show Carter 鈥 a nurse who works at the Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, about 35 miles north of Cincinnati 鈥 responding to a news story about Always鈥 removal of the Venus symbol from its sanitary products packaging.

Earlier this month, company officials at the company that makes products for menstrual periods announced plans to redesign the packaging to be inclusive of transgender and gender-nonconforming customers who menstruate.

鈥淲omen have periods, men don鈥檛,鈥 Carter wrote, according to Seelbach鈥檚 images. 鈥淕rab a mirror, it鈥檚 easy. You either have a dick, or you don鈥檛.鈥

鈥淭hese fucking cock sucking homos think that they deserve everything,鈥 she adds, in response to another reader鈥檚 comment. 鈥淢en need to be men. Women need to be women.鈥

In his tweet, Seelbach, who is gay, called on hospital network TriHealth, which operates Bethesda Butler, to fire Carter.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Carter鈥檚 post became public after Sabrina Sells, who is gay, noticed the comments via a mutual friend of Carter鈥檚 and tagged TriHealth on a subsequent post. She told WKRC-TV in Cincinnati that she didn鈥檛 think Carter should work in nursing 鈥渂ecause she doesn鈥檛 see all humans as equal.鈥

鈥淧eople can have their negative thoughts about us and feel things about us all they want,鈥 she added, 鈥渂ut we need to be protected under a law as well.鈥

Thus far, Carter has not responded publicly to the allegations, but Sells said the nurse reached out to her over Facebook and claimed her account had been hacked.

TriHealth released a statement Monday saying they鈥檇 begun an internal investigation into the claims.

鈥淲e must reiterate that we are dedicated to fair and equitable access to healthcare by all individuals without regard to gender, culture, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race and physical abilities, as well as other classes protected by law,鈥 company officials said in the statement. 鈥淭he nurse has been placed on administrative leave for her safety and the safety of our patients while the investigation continues.

鈥淲e are committed to bringing this issue to a swift close and will provide an update when the investigation is complete,鈥 they added.

The Cincinnati Enquirer report also includes excerpts of an email TriHealth CEO Mark C. Clement sent to company employees regarding the investigation.

鈥淲hen we say everyone, we mean EVERYONE is entitled to safe, reliable and compassionate care and access to healthcare,鈥 the email read in part. 鈥淣o exceptions!鈥

Though Seelbach praised TriHealth for putting Carter on leave, he said he won鈥檛 be satisfied until she is no longer employed by the company.

鈥淐orporate policies are important,鈥 he wrote on Twitter. 鈥淎nd most corporations have inclusive LGBTQ+ policies. But what鈥檚 more important is when those values are tested. Are they just words on a paper? Or do they actually mean something? We鈥檒l see.鈥

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