Eddie Izzard has shared the unexpected way she decided to reveal that she changed her pronouns to her/them.
In December 2020, Izzard appeared in the Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Yearin which the show’s host Stephen Mangan and contestants used female pronouns to refer to Izzard.
According to Izzard, she was asked by artists on the series if she’d rather be called he/he or she/she, as the latter hasn’t been widely acknowledged.
“I didn’t change my pronouns — I thought about changing them,” Izzard, 60, said on the podcast My Seven Wonders with Clive Anderson.
Izzard, who describes herself as “gender fluid,” recalled, “I was on a program called Portrait Artist of the YearSky Arts, very nice, keep it up.
“Some young artists who paint me ask me like a coffee thing, they said, ‘You/she or he/him?’ I wore a dress and I’m now a trans woman, so ‘You, I’ll have a latte.’ It was that kind of lack of stress.”
Izzard said that after the episode aired, “in two days in America and Britain, where I’m best known, all my pronouns were changed,” which she described as “awesome, a huge honor.”
Izzard, who said she was “promoted to her,” explained, “I prefer her/her, have nothing against him/her and I’m going to take it easy. This is not the time to argue about it.”
A month after the episode aired, Izzard got teary-eyed on ITV’s Lorraine when host Lorraine Kelly supported her gender fluidity.
Kelly told Izzard: “You are an amazing woman and an amazing human being. Thank you and good luck in everything you do,” to which Izzard replied, “And thank you for being so supportive…You’ve really been so supportive of us. It’s great that you’re here – you’re a very good person.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/eddie-izzard-pronouns-she-her-b2143913.html Eddie Izzard talks about the decision to announce the use of She/Her pronouns