Kelly Osbourne: 'Transgender People Are Some Of The Bravest People On Earth'
November 21st, 2011 8:57am EST
Kelly Osbourne has offered up an apology to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after using an "offensive" slur during a recent magazine interview.
Osbourne came under fire for using the word "tranny" when opening up about her humiliation after learning her ex-fiance Luke Worrall had cheated on her with Elle Schneider, who is awaiting gender reassignment surgery.
Now she has attempted to make amends by penning an open letter to activists at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to mark the international Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday.
She writes, "I gained a lot of knowledge, and I now feel the urgency to speak out and teach others... As a lifelong LGBT ally and friend, I feel it is my duty to not only apologise for my wrong but to also correct it. The word 'tr*nny' is a derogatory and hurtful word. I was completely ignorant to this and soon came to realise most of my peers and LGBT friends are, too. This is a word I will no longer use or allow. It wasn't until I googled it after speaking with GLAAD that I found out just how unbelievably offensive it was. When friends jokingly called me that in the past, I took it as a compliment or a joke, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
"Transgender people are some of the bravest people on Earth and among the LGBT community. I cannot imagine the courage it takes to live your life openly and honestly, reflecting who you truly are, or the hurt that comes from having to hide who you are because others may not support and accept you.
"Due to the fact that it is Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, I would like to raise awareness of this injustice in society. It is a day to remember those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence and speak out against the fact that transgender people face disproportionate amounts of discrimination and harassment every day. The lack of knowledge about transgender people contributes to the unparalleled number of violent acts against them every day."
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