July 7, 2020
CNN – After facing backlash on social media, actress Halle Berry announced on Twitter Monday she is no longer considering portraying a transgender in an upcoming film role.
Berry apologized on Twitter after discussing the role over the weekend in an Instagram Live video:
“As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”
[The term cisgender was coined by transgender activists in the 90s to create a better way to describe people who aren’t transgender.]
“I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake.”
Berry said she vowed “to be an ally” and to use her “voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”
In response to the star’s statement, many thanked her for listening.
LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD said they were pleased … Read more.