When Kelly Osbourne’s boyfriend dumped her for a trans woman, Osbourne got all “tranny” this and “chick with a dick” that. But she’s sorry about all that. In fact, she’s written a totally unsolicited apology for GLAAD and The Transadvocate, explaining that she used to think “tranny” was a flattering and humorous word when called one by her friends.
That totally explains why she used it to slam her ex’s new girlfriend—she meant it as a humorous compliment, you guys!
In her apology, Osbourne says that The Transadvocate brought the issue to her attention and helped her learn the error of her ways. She then reached out to GLAAD, who agreed to publish her letter on their blog.
Osbourne admits, “I cannot deny the words; they did come out of my mouth” and then adds, “As a lifelong LGBT ally and friend, I feel it is my duty to not only apologize for my wrong but to also correct it.”
You see, she and her LGBT pals never knew that “tranny” was a slur but Google and GLAAD have both taught her just how horrible it is and so she will no longer use or allow said slur to be uttered in her presence.
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 November 20, I would like to raise awareness to 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.
A part of me is happy I’ve made such an awful mistake because I can now use this as a platform to help speak out against the use of such hurtful and dehumanizing words. With your assistance and support, we can get this word out of television/media. It is still being used today; I’ve seen it four times in the past week.
My sincerest apologies to any ally or member of the LGBT community whom I have hurt or offended. That kind of representation goes against everything I stand for and is the last thing I would ever want to do.
Both GLAAD’s president Mike Thompson and The Transadvocate editor Marti Abernathey have given Osbourne their nod of approval and released her from further public penance for turning her ignorance into a teachable moment.
Now she can go back to her music and modeling careers and guest spots on Fashion Police, Dr. Phil and RuPaul‘s Drag Race.