Halle Berry Receives Praise by LGBTQ+ Community

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On July 4th, 2020 during an Instagram live the actress Halle Berry spoke to hairstylist, Christin Brown about her considering a role as a transgender male. During said live Berry States, “She’s a woman that transitioned into a man. She’s a character in a project I love and I might be doing.”; After stating her idea she received much criticism for miss gendering the character. LGBTQ+ accounts such as Author Laura Kate Dale reached out to the actress through a series of tweets, comments, and shares telling her why she should reconsider the role.

In previous years the actor played in mainly cisgender roles such as her role in “Catwoman,” Sofia in “John Wick 3”, and Karla in “Kidnap.” She became a household name and scored major roles in over 20 films. Leading her to earn an Emmy, Golden Globe, and two Guild Awards. The actress is also a cisgender model.

On July 6th,2020 the actress exclaimed her sincerest apologies on Twitter stating “… I’d like to apologize for those remarks. 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 actress also states ” 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.”.

After releasing the apology, LGBTQ+ accounts such as the GLAAD and Netflix’s Disclosure Documentary praised her, Stating “We are pleased that Halle Berry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them. Other powerful people should do the same.”

Written by Trinity Simmons-Brooks

Edited by Sheena Robertson


Chicago Tribune: Halle Berry pulls out of transgender film role after backlash

CNN: Halle Berry apologizes and is no longer considering a transgender role in upcoming film

huffpost.com: Halle Berry Drops Plans To Play A Transgender Man In New Film After Backlash

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