British entertainer Eddie Izzard requested to be called the pronouns “she” or “her” during a recent appearance on a television game show.
After years of dressing in feminine clothing, Izzard, 58, confirmed a gender-fluid status on the show.
“This is the first programme I’ve asked if I can be she and her, a little transition period,” Izzard said. “People just assume, well, know me from before… I’m genderfluid, I just want to be based in girl mode from now on.”
Best known for appearing in the second and third installment of the Ocean’s 11 franchise and playing the patriarch in a family of grifters on FX’s The Riches, Izzard has been successfully performing stand up since 1987 and has released ten comedy albums.
Izzard’s announcement has not come as a shock to fans, as the comedian publicly identified as a transvestite in the eighties, and began using the term “transgender” in recent history.
“When I’m in girl mode I am happy to be known as “she” and when I’m in boy-mode, I am happy to be known as “he”. But I am equally happy to be referred to as Eddie or “Hey mate’,” the comedian said in a recent interview.
Izzard, an avid runner, has announced a January charity event, where the comedian will run 31 marathons and perform 31 stand up shows for each day of the month. In the promotion for the event, Eddie wore full make-up, women’s clothing, and had manicured nails.
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