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Legendary comic Eddie Izzard now uses she/her pronouns

Comedian Eddie Izzard addresses a packed Parliament Square at the Rally For Europe in September 2016.
Comedian Eddie Izzard addresses a packed Parliament Square at the Rally For Europe in September 2016.Photo: Brian Minkoff / Shutterstock

Genderfluid comedy legend Eddie Izzard announced that she is now exclusively using she pronouns.

The British 58-year-old was referred to with she pronouns when she appeared on the Sky Arts reality series Portrait Artist Of The Year by the other guests and host Stephen Mangan.

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When asked why she wanted to appear on the series, she said: “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.”

“Well, it feels great because people assume that,” she continued, “they just know me from before, but I’m genderfluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on.”

Izzard has identified as both transgender and genderfluid since at least 2016, when she said she is “somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish. I identify [with] both but I fancy women.”

She has also said that she uses the term “transgender” as an “umbrella term” and has called herself “a lesbian trapped in a man’s body” several decades before she said she was genderfluid.

In 2017, she told The Hollywood Reporter, “I am essentially transgender.”

“I have boy mode and girl mode. I do feel I have boy genetics and girl genetics.”

That same year, she joked on Twitter that she does not wear women’s clothes because “they’re my clothes. I bought them.”

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