Openly gay actor Rupert Everett has spoken out to ‘warn’ parents against the dangers of allowing transgender children to seek help and treatment towards transitioning, claiming that parents who do so are ‘wrong’ during an interview with The Sunday Times.
The actor has said that when he was a child he wanted to be a girl, and whilst growing up dressed in female clothing often. ‘I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again’.
Projecting his single cisgender viewpoint onto the entire transgender and gender variant community he has said that it is wrong for parents of transgender children to ‘get medical’.
‘It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself,’ he said, ‘but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step. I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it’.
Everett also went on to say that he went on to suggest that Caitlyn Jenner had made a mistake in her decision to transition, claiming that she has ‘no clue what being a trassexual involved’ as well as saying ‘I don’t think she’s a woman. She’s a cross-dressing man’.
In the past Everett has ‘advised’ LGBT+ actors to keep their sexual orientation a secret in order to help their careers, as well as saying
he couldn’t imagine ‘anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads’.
Whilst I’m sure as a cisgender man who has never had to experience being trans his viewpoint is a valid one on this topic (actually, it’s not!) it’s worth noting that dozens of experts on transgender youth have repeatedly stated that not allowing trans children to receive help is massively harmful to their physical and emotional well being.
In some extreme cases where parents refuse to help their transgender children lives have been lost to suicide, most famously in recent memory with Leelah Alcorn, whose parents refusal to help her led to her taking her own life.
The comments being made by Rupert Everett are not only massively misinformed and based on no physical evidence or studies at all but purely his own experience as a cisgender person, but lead to an environment where it becomes harder and harder for vulnerable transgender children to receive the help they desperately need.