Top news reporter identifies as 'gender fluid'

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Jonathan Clynch is making headlines instead of reporting them, as it is revealed that top Irish radio news reporter identifies as "gender fluid."

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After 16 years reporting at Irish radio news station RTÉ, the 44-year-old journalist has reportedly asked that he now be referred to as Jonathan Rachel Clynch. He has also changed his name on social media platforms.



According to Irish Central, the term gender fluid means that Clynch sometimes identifies as male and sometimes as female.

RTE, the national broadcaster, released a statement in support of Clynch: "[We], both as an employer and broadcaster, value the uniqueness of individuals and encourage diversity and equality...We are 100% supportive of Jonathan Rachel who is a valued member of staff and a highly respected journalist."

Colleagues and fans have taken to social media to share their support for Clynch...but, opinion's are still divided, as seen here on Twitter:



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Top news reporter identifies as 'gender fluid'
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - 2014/04/13: A Thai 'lady boy' dressed in a traditional costume performs a traditional dance in a street procession during the Songkran festival. The Songkran festival, which is the traditional Thai new year, is celebrated annually in Thailand from April 13-15. (Photo by Atid Kiattisaksiri/LightRocket via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 07: The Lady Boys of Bangkok cabaret show takes place at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 7, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festivals in the world, it was established as an alternative to the International Festival also held in August, and celebrates it's 66th anniversary this year. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: A Thai ladyboy stands in the red light district of Pattaya, Thailand September 21, 2014. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly arrests in the popular sex tourism district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: A Thai ladyboy is round up by police during a nightly sweep in the red light district September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly arrests in the popular sex tourism district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Thai ladyboys sign forms while being detained, before heading to the police station September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Thai ladyboys check their makeup while detained before heading to the police station September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 8: Pom, a ladyboy dancer at the Chiang Mai Cabaret show performs on stage September 8, 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Cabaret show is the only one in Chiang Mai, Thailand's 2nd largest city, performed daily on a stage at a small theater. Kathoeys or ladyboys are very visible, and widely accepted in Thai culture, often called the third gender. Many find employment performing for tourists in Cabaret shows while several popular Thai models, singers and movie stars are also kathoeys. The term Kathoey can refer to males who exhibit varying degrees of femininity most of the kathoeys dress as women and undergo medical procedures such as breast implants, hormones, silicone injections. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 8: A ladyboy dancer takes a glue gun to her bra trying to quickly fix her costume backstage before a performance September 8, 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Cabaret show is the only one in Chiang Mai, Thailand's 2nd largest city, performed daily on a stage at a small theater. Kathoeys or ladyboys are very visible, and widely accepted in Thai culture, often called the third gender. Many find employment performing for tourists in Cabaret shows while several popular Thai models, singers and movie stars are also kathoeys. The term Kathoey can refer to males who exhibit varying degrees of femininity most of the kathoeys dress as women and undergo medical procedures such as breast implants, hormones, silicone injections. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2014/11/07: Contestant Lilia Kisaraji of Japan prepares backstage before the final show of the Miss International Queen 2014 transgender beauty pageant at Tiffany's Show theatre in Pattaya city. Contestants from 18 countries in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen 2014, 10th year anniversary of Miss International Queen transgender beauty pageant. (Photo by Piti A Sahakorn/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Transvestite beauty pageant contestants line up for judges during the final competition at Miss Tiffany's Universe Friday, May 15, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)i
FILE - In this May 15, 2009 file photo contestants gather on stage during competition at the Miss Tiffany's Universe contest in Pattaya, Thailand. The annual transvestite beauty pageant attracts contestants from all over Thailand. Thailand has issued rules making sex change surgery more difficult, including a requirement that potential candidates cross-dress for a year, over fears that some patients are rushing into the operation, a medical association said Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)
Sorrawee Nattee, 20, of Thailand, weeps as she is crowned Miss Tiffany's Universe 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand, Friday, May 15, 2009, by last year's winner Kangsadarn Wongkurusakul. Nattee edged out 29 other transvestites to win the annual event. All contestants in the competition were born male. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
A performer waits in the backstage at the Miss International Queen 2009 transvestite beauty pageant Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand. The transvestite beauty pageant attracts contestants from around the world. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Sunny Dee-Lite of the United States competes in the evening gown category at the Miss International Queen 2009 transvestite beauty pageant Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand. Sunny Dee-Lite won best evening gown in the transvestite pageant that attracts contestants from around the world. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Japan's Haruna Ai reacts to winning the at the Miss International Queen 2009 transvestite beauty pageant Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand. (AP Photo/DAvid Longstreath)
Japan's Haruna Ai is crowned Miss International Queen 2009 t Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand. (AP Photo/DAvid Longstreath)
Miss International Queen 2013 transvestite beauty pageant participants, from left; Nethnapada Kanrayanon of Thailand, Marcelo Ohio of Brazil, Satsuki Nishiyama of Japan, Kristina Cassandra Ybarra of the Philippines and Tanya Maung of Myanmar pose during a backstage photo at the Miss International Queen 2013 transvestite beauty pageant in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Twenty-five contestants from 17 countries participate in this year's pageant which has been held for nine respective years. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
Marcelo Ohio of Brazil gets an instruction from Miss International Queen 2012 Kevin Balot of the Philippines after winning the Miss International Queen 2013 transvestite beauty pageant in Pattaya, southeastern Thailand Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
PATTAYA, CHONBURI, THAILAND - 2014/05/02: Transgender contestants compete during the Miss Tiffany's Universe transgender beauty contest in Pattaya. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Tiffany's show in Pattaya and this was the 16th Miss Tiffany Universe contest with all of the transsexual or transvestite contestants, aiming to promote human rights for the trans-gender population in Thailand. (Photo by Piti A Sahakorn/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PATTAYA, CHONBURI, THAILAND - 2014/05/02: A candidate prepares and poses for a photo backstage of the Miss Tiffany Universe contest 2014 in Pattaya. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Tiffany's show in Pattaya and this was the 16th Miss Tiffany Universe contest with all of the transsexual or transvestite contestants, aiming to promote human rights for the trans-gender population in Thailand. (Photo by Piti A Sahakorn/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2014/03/26: Candidates during qualification for the transvestite and transgender beauty pageant Miss Tiffany Universe 2014. About 70 candidates registered for the contest. The Miss Tiffany Universe contest has been running for 16 years, with all of the transexual or transvestite contestants, aiming to promote human rights for the transgender population in Thailand. (Photo by Piti A Sahakorn/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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