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Eddie Izzard is getting support on social media after publicly asking to be identified with “she” and “her” pronouns for the first time. The British stand-up comedian — who has also acted in films including Valkyrie, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen as well as starring in the former FX show The Riches — shared the decision during an appearance on the Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Year this week, the British Comedy Guide reports.
"I try to do things that I think are interesting,” the 58-year-old said during the show, in which portrait artists were tasked with capturing her likeness. “This is the first program I've asked if I can be 'she' and 'her' — this is a little transition period."
Izzard added that making the announcement “feel great” because “people assume that ... they just know me from before, but I'm gender-fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on."
Izzard has long worn makeup and dresses, both on-stage and off, once quipping, “They’re not women’s clothes. They’re my clothes. I bought them.”
“They’re not women’s clothes. They’re my clothes. I bought them.” - Eddie's wisdom via the Beekeepers http://t.co/BFZ9ROWnLG
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) October 6, 2014
The star and avid marathoner has also been candid about gender identity. During a marathon challenge for charity in 2016, Izzard stopped to get a manicure, explaining, “Being a transgender guy, I do like my nails and they've been knocked about a bit so I'm getting my nails re-done.
“I use it as a badge of identity. I am a transgender guy. I came out 31 years ago. I've got boy genetics and girl genetics.”
Izzard said that coming out in 1985 was “a very hard journey.”
“But I thought it was right to be honest about it, to tell my family, friends and then the world,” the comedian shared, adding, “I identify somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish. I identify both but I fancy women.”
The Dressed to Kill star also insisted that, “It doesn’t matter what sex or sexuality, how you identify or who you fancy — it matters not one whit.
“What do you do in life? What do you create? What do you add to the human existence — that is what matters.”
While Izzard hasn’t yet made a public statement about her pronouns apart from the Portrait Artist of the Year episode, many are offering support and praise.
Eddie Izzard. I love her so much. That’s it. That’s the tweet. 🥰 https://t.co/rpNmuCXjKq
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 20, 2020
I'm so glad I was introduced to Eddie Izzard's standup as a kid. She taught me so much about the weirdness and fluidity of gender presentation at an age when I really needed to see that. Dressed to Kill is one of my favorite specials, one I quote with my family constantly.
— ella dawson (@brosandprose) December 20, 2020
Eddie Izzard has always been, and will always be, a trans legend of epic proportions. Can't wait to see what she does next.
— CN Lester (@cnlester) December 20, 2020
Eddie Izzard change my life entirely. She's always been bold and brave in asserting her gender, however she conceived of it at the time. Bravo! #eddieizzard
— Andrew O'Neill ☉ (@destructo9000) December 20, 2020
In other Izzard news, the comedian is gearing up for a grueling January, planning to run 31 marathons — that’s one per day — during the first month of 2021 for charity.
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