Comedian Eddie Izzard to use she/her pronouns: 'I just want to be based in girl mode'

Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY
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Eddie Izzard announced during a recent television appearance that she is exclusively using she/her pronouns.

During an appearance on Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year, a British painting competition series, the comedian, 58, appeared as a portrait subject and shared the news.

"I try to do things that I think are interesting. This is the first program I’ve asked if I can be ‘she’ and ‘her’ — this is a little transition period," Izzard said to one of the contestants painting her.

Izzard added that "it feels great" to reveal her pronouns because "people just assume."

"They just know me from before, but I'm gender fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on," she added. "It feels very positive... One life, live it well."

Izzard has previously come out as gender fluid, telling Joe Rogan in May 2019 that she's "going to have, like a superhero, boy mode and girl mode."

"It's easier for me to be in girl mode," Izzard said at the time. "I have a confidence now, I carry myself with a certain confidence."

Izzard is best known for her stand-up comedy, including 1999's "Dress to Kill," as well as film roles like 2017's "Victoria & Abdul," 2007's "Ocean's Thirteen" and 2004's "Ocean's Twelve."

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Someone who is gender fluid doesn't fit neatly into the binary of man and woman. They prefer to simply be seen as a person who will choose to live and look in whatever manner that feels true to themselves.

Meanwhile, as the notion of gender fluidity becomes more prevalent, nonbinary pronouns have emerged as an option for those who don’t want to be identified strictly as male or female.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary recognizes that usage by incorporating “they" and “themself" in references to “a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary."

Contributing: David Oliver

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