Dame Helen Mirren really wants you to know that trans women are women
Dame Helen Mirren has said she’s “not a TERF” and trans women are women in an interview with the Radio Times.
The 74-year-old actor also said that gender and sexuality are both on a spectrum.
“I came to the conclusion an awfully long time ago that there is black and there is white, and we’re all somewhere in the middle in a wonderful mix of male and female,” Mirren said.
“There is no such thing as binary sexuality, when you’re male or female. I don’t believe that at all.”
She continued: “I think I was very lucky to be in my world, the world of acting and drama, because I think an awful lot of actors have male and female in them. A lot of great actors, great masculine actors, are actually very feminine.
“Great heartthrobs have a very present feminine side to them. A lot of very strong female actors, have a very strong male side to them.”
Mirren, who previously played Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, added that she does possess some attributes which could be perceived as masculine.
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“I hate to talk about my feelings, I never want to go to the doctor, and I’m a brilliant map-reader,” she said. “I have a lot of what people might call male qualities. But I certainly look like a woman.”
“Do you mean Germaine Greer saying women are women and men are men?” she asked.
“Well, she didn’t quite say that,” Mirren went on to clarify, “but if being a TERF [trans-exclusionary radical feminist] is not accepting that trans women are women then I’m not a TERF.”
On The Graham Norton Show on September 27, Helen Mirren talked about Drag Race UK and was given her drag name by RuPaul himself – Sir Lady Cheek Bones.