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Wonder Woman Lynda Carter defends trans rights because not all your childhood heroes are awful

Josh Milton December 15, 2021
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Lynda Carter appears as Wonderwoman in the TV series Wonder Woman circa 1975

Lynda Carter stars as the titular superhero in the television series 'Wonder Woman', circa 1975. (Getty/Silver Screen Collection)

Wonder Woman icon Lynda Carter grabbed her lasso of truth and tweeted out her unwavering support for the trans community.

Proving that she truly is a wonderful woman, Carter, who played the DC comic hero in the 1970s, stood up to anti-trans vitriol Tuesday (14 December).

“You don’t have to be trans to understand the importance of respecting trans people and affirming their identities,” she wrote.

“Life is just too short. I can’t imagine how it makes any sense to use one’s fame and resources to put others down.”

Though she didn’t name her, the timing of Carter’s tweet led many to believe her comments were aimed at JK Rowling, who has been the subject on controversy – again – after tweeting her views on trans people – again.

On Sunday (12 December), the Harry Potter author remarked on reports of a Police Scotland chief saying the force would not misgender trans people accused of rape in light of new self-ID proposals.

“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” Rowling wrote.

Trans people thank Lynda Carter for ‘being a light in the world’

Countless Twitter users thanked Lynda Carter for her kind words.

“Linda, thank you for being a light in a world that isn’t kind [to] trans and non-binary people,” replied Amanda Knox, a non-binary author.

“I know you’re going to get some backlash for speaking out for us, but I want you to know it matters. A lot.”

“It’s always nice when your childhood hero is still a hero,” another added.

A third user said: “Thank you, so much. As a child who loved you as Wonder Woman and grew up listening to your first album [Portrait], thank you.

“You showed me the kind of woman I wanted to be once I transitioned: kind, loving and compassionate.”

And many other users, activists and LGBT+ rights groups agreed.

 

Across the last two years, JK Rowling has stirred repeated controversy for sharing her views on trans lives.

She has voiced her support for a woman who pursued legal action to have “gender-critical views” recognised, blasted gender-neutral phrases and published winding essays on trans rights riddled with inaccuracies.

Queer Eye icon Jonathan Van Ness accused the writer of “cherry-picked vitriol” on Monday (13 December).

“The biggest threats of violence against women has always been cisgender men,” he tweeted.

“Not trans women, unless JK’s constant transphobic cherry-picked vitriol convinces you otherwise.

“But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped, JK is safe in her mansion.”

JK Rowling’s representatives declined to comment on this criticism when approached by PinkNews.

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