Out actor and former gay icon Rupert Everett is denouncing hormone therapy and the surgical steps involved in gender transition, based on his own experience as a boy who longed to be female.
He claims he simply outgrew being transgender.
‘I really wanted to be a girl,” Everett told the U.K. newspaper, The Sunday Times, revealing he had always dressed as a girl as a child. “Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again.”
Now 57, grizzled, gray, he is — according to the reporter for the British newspaper — “hardly the taut and angry sex doll he was, as a model for Opium and best friend to Madonna.”
Everett explained he believes transgender people, including Caitlyn Jenner, are making a mistake in pursuing medical procedures to transition. He told the newspaper the former Olympian “had no clue” in what being a transsexual involves.
In his opinion, people suffering gender dysphoria should instead embrace what he called the “ambivalence” of their gender, he told the paper. And he specifically warned parents against seeking medical intervention for their children:
“It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step. I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it.”
The Sunday Times operates behind a pay wall but you can read more about Everett’s claim in The Daily Mail by clicking here.