Bette Midler denies any transphobia and calls for unity to safeguard democracy.
The singing and movie star responded to criticism of a July 4 Twitter post attacking the use of gender-neutral language, in which the term “woman” had been dropped in favor of neutral terms (” people “, for example) to refer to transgender or non-binary people.
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In the same message, he expressed his concern about the cancellation of Roe v. Wade from the US Supreme Court – reversal which means that the leaders of each of the US states can make abortion illegal.
After a flurry of online commentary, Bette Midler took to Twitter on July 5 to explain that her previous post was in response to a “fascinating” article published in New York Times Start of the week.
“There was no exclusionary or transphobic intent in what I said; it wasn’t that, she began. It was the same old shit that women – ALL WOMEN – have been putting up with since the cavemen. Even then, men were at the top of the list. But seriously folks, if anyone reading this tweet thinks I have nothing but love for marginalized people, go to Wikipedia and type in my name!
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Bette Midler continued to insist that she always supported the LGBT community.
“I have been fighting for marginalized people for as long as I can remember. However, if you want to ignore my sixty years of proven love and concern for a tweet that accidentally pissed off the people I’ve always supported and adored, so be it, the actress continued. Beaches. But the truth is that democracy is slipping through our fingers! I’m all for trying to save democracy for EVERYONE. We must unite, because, in case you weren’t careful, divided, we will surely fall.
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In response to Bette Midler’s statement, US politician Stephanie Byers – the first openly transgender person to serve in the Kansas legislature – has called on her to do more.
“Bette, I am the first transgender Native American to be elected to a state legislature in the United States. People Against Trans Women uses your tweet as proof that liberals are also against the trans community. If not, specifically say that trans men and women are men and women, “she said.
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