Eddie Izzard has been praised by viewers for requesting the use of ‘she’ and ‘her’ pronouns during her latest appearance on Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of The Year.
The stand-up comedian appeared on Thursday’s instalment which saw contestants creating a portrait of the star.
During the programme, Eddie asked host Stephen Mangan and the contestants if she could be addressed as ‘she’ or ‘he’, confirming that she was ‘gender fluid’.
”This is the first programme I’ve asked if I can be she and her, a little transition period,’ she said, according to the Daily Mail.
‘People just assume, well, know me from before… I’m gender fluid, I just want to be based in girl mode from now on.’
Taking to Twitter in the days after the show was aired, fans sent messages of love and praise to Eddie for standing up and ‘being who she is’.
One tweeted: ‘I believe @eddieizzard is the best stand up comedian, and I’m happy that she can be who she wants to be. And I’m saying this publicly to let you all know that if you need me to change the pronouns I use for you, I will gladly support you.’
Another praised: ‘Eddie Izzard was a beacon of hope for me for YEARS and over the years as I worked out my queerness, her visible queerness was safe, welcoming and wonderful. I hope she has a lovely Christmas, and that 2021 brings her much much joy.’
While one added: ‘Absolutely love Eddie Izzard. She was someone that resonated with my teenage queerness in a way that I didn’t fully comprehend at the time. I’ve got lot’s of love for her and it’s wonderful to see that so many other’s have too.’
In 2017, Eddie spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about being transgender.
‘If you are coming out as transgender or gay or lesbian, it’s such a tough right of passage and quest,’ she explained.
‘It assaults your senses because, back in ’85, everyone said, “No, no. Hide about it.” I just thought they were all wrong. The humiliation period, the initial period, is so tough. If you keep at it, it gets better.’
She added: Fame does make it easier for me. But then again, I am quite well known in America, but I can find you a lot of places where they wouldn’t know me and I am just some transgender guy going into the loo or shops.’
Credit: Original article published here.