Eddie Izzard Praised After Asking To Be Referred To As 'She' On TV Programme
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Eddie Izzard has been praised after asking to be referred to as 'she' and 'her'.
The comedian and actor sat as a model on Portrait Artist of the Year and confirmed she was gender fluid on the show.
The 58-year-old said: "This is the first programme I've asked if I can be she and her, a little transition period.
"People just assume, well, know me from before... I'm gender fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on."
Izzard previously confirmed she is transgender in a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
She said: "I am essentially transgender. I have boy mode and girl mode. I do feel I have boy genetics and girl genetics.
"I have played one transgender character. I will play hopefully more transgender roles in the future, but there are a lot of boy genetics in me so I am happy to play boy roles."
Izzard was hailed a 'trailblazer' on social media after Portrait Artist of the Year aired on Sky Arts.
One person said: "Just discovered Eddie Izzard now uses she/her pronouns.
"Love you, Eddie. Thanks for being a trailblazer."
Another added: "Good for Eddie Izzard asking for the pronouns she/her to be used so publicly."
A third said: "As far as I can gather, she isn't a trans woman. She's gender fluid, but prefers the feminine pronoun. Good for her."
A fourth wrote: "I love Eddie Izzard and hope she gets everything she wants in this life."
It brings me a lot of comfort seeing #EddieIzzard, someone with a traditionally masculine name, use exclusively she/her pronouns. Names don't have genders & pronouns don't indicate gender but as someone with a feminine name who's pronouns are they/them, this makes me feel seen
- Sophie :flag_white:️:rainbow::christmas_tree::flag_black: (@OnceUponASophie) December 19, 2020
nothing but absolute love & adoration for #EddieIzzard pic.twitter.com/l2Ks9Tl0HS
- willow :herb: (@achilleswill) December 20, 2020
Someone I respect as a comedian but don't personally know wants to be known by feminine pronouns which makes zero difference to me but could help other people feel more comfortable sharing how they'd like to be spoken to / about. What's not to like? #eddieizzard pic.twitter.com/FAK19hrKR9
- Scott Standing (@standingscott) December 20, 2020
Morning! I see Eddie Izzard is trending. I can't tell you what she means to me as a comic. Rocked my comedy world when I was a teen and beyond. Changed everything, made room. I love her and this morning I'm very happy for her. #ohhSherlockHolmes :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:
- Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) December 20, 2020
Izzard previously requested to be referred to as 'she' when receiving an honorary degree at Swansea University last year.