Kelly Osbourne apologizes for her the anti-transgender slurs: “Transgender people are some of the bravest people on Earth.”
When Kelly Osbourne and her mother Sharon were grand marshals of LA’s gay pride parade a few years ago, they were a wildly popular choice and at one point even shouted down anti-gay gay protesters along the parade route.
So it was a bit surprising recently when Kelly used anti-transgender words during a recent interview with Glamour UK.
In a post published on GLAAD’s blog and The Transadvocate, Kelly apologizes for her the anti-transgender slurs and writes: “As a lifelong LGBT ally and friend, I feel it is my duty to not only apologize for my wrong but to also correct it. The word “tr*nny” is a derogatory and hurtful word. I was completely ignorant to this and soon came to realize most of my peers and LGBT friends are too. This is a word I will no longer use or allow.
She added: “Transgender people are some of the bravest people on Earth and among the LGBT community. I cannot imagine the courage it takes to live your life openly and honestly, reflecting who you truly are, or the hurt that comes from having to hide who you are because others may not support and accept you.”
Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD, had this to say about Kelly’s apology: “Kelly is taking the right step by using this as an opportunity to express her support of the transgender community and educate her fans about the hardships that they face for being who they are. We hope she inspires more allies of the LGBT community to speak out and have their own voices heard.”
Marti Abernathey of The Transadvocate also weighed in: “With this post Kelly has proven she is a responsible ally to the transgender community. She made a mistake that was borne of ignorance, not malice. This post is will go far in healing that mistake. It will also serve to educate and inform others within the LGBT community and beyond about transgender people’s lives. As I said to Kelly on Twitter, “You get to speak about it [the mistake], and trans people are seen as people and not things. Besides hatred, who’s the loser in this?” I’m grateful to Kelly for taking the time to learn and educate others. In the process she’s turned a mistake into a teachable moment. That is what an ally does. Thank you Kelly!”
In the post, Osbourne also urged people to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, writing that “it is a day to remember those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence and speak out against the fact that transgender people face disproportionate amounts of discrimination and harassment every day. The lack of knowledge about transgender people contributes to the unparalleled number of violent acts against them every day.”