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Kelly Osbourne Apologizes to the Transgender Community

Kelly Osbourne apologizes for using slurs hurtful to the transgender community:

OsbourneI'd first like to make it clear that no one asked me to write this.  After reaching out to GLAAD for advice and clarification, I thought it was imperative to explain and amend my wrong. I gained a lot of knowledge, and I now feel the urgency to speak out and teach others. As unfortunate as this incident was, I assure you it was taken out of context, but I cannot deny the words; they did come out of my mouth.

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. The word “tr*nny” is a derogatory and hurtful word. I was completely ignorant to this and soon came to realize 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.

She adds:

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.

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  1. Kelly is a true sweetheart, and her apology is totally awesome and classy.

    However, let me vent for a moment please. As a gay person that happens to also be a black male, the double standards based on skin color really irks my nerves.

    In the past, I have notice a lot of vile and racist comments against black folks by visitors of this website. Those individuals NEVER apologized, and people never corrected them. Out of frustration due to the double standards that I've witnessed on postings about homophobia committed by blacks and homophobia committed by whites, I gained the attention of some towleroad readers by venting about how homophobic people in white neighborhoods are, and how Europeans are responsible for homophobia, etc.... I have also vented against heterosexuals too because of their homophobia. Some of you might call me a "double minority"(black and gay).

    I made my comments about white homophobia in response to the vile, hurtful and racist comments of some readers of this site. Am I the only one on this site that used to have my "I don't like heterosexual people moments"???? Some of the white and gay brothers and sisters understood where I was coming from. Others, ????

    As a person that respects EVERYONE, regardless of color, sexual orientation, religion, identity, etc, I was called ignorant, racist, and other names by people on this site. "Wow," I said to myself. "When people post racist rants about black people, it is barely corrected. The minute I vent(out of anger in response to the vile and hurtful racist comments of some viewers) about the homophobia of white people, my views were quickly correctly. Hypocrisy is a
    b!tch!!!" I tried to apologize, tried to explain where my comments came from, tried to explain how my favorite teacher in elementary school was a white woman, etc... Some viewers said I should just go away, etc...

    My ignorance and everyone's ignorance must always be corrected. No one is perfect. And if we are going to live in a positive world, people must be true to themselves and offer a real apology for their ignorance, not some half-a$sed apology. The people who offer nonsense apologies are the individuals we know are against us.

    Lastly, before some of you type comments about the numerous topics of this website, please be really careful about stereotyping and using vile language about groups of people. Using words in the wrong manner is dangerous. See, some of us gay folks that also happens to be black, notice hypocrisy. Just chill out and be respectful.

    I am a gay rights activist, transgender activist, women's rights activist, and every other type of activist when it's based on defending the rights of people.

    We need more Kelly Osborne's of the world. And if a black celebrity offers a real apology for their ignorance, please be equally accepting too. Remember, as a black and gay person, I see certain things. Check the ignorance and hypocrisy of everyone on a equal level.

    Thank you for allowing me to express myself on a Saturday morning.

    Peace, and have a good weekend!!!

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Nov 19, 2011 3:18:53 AM

  2. I think most of us would agree that this is how we want our apologies in future.

    Posted by: corvidae | Nov 19, 2011 3:23:19 AM

  3. Good for her. However, to be honest, I didn't even know myself that tranny was derogatory.

    Posted by: Dev | Nov 19, 2011 3:29:48 AM

  4. except that tranny isn't offensive. ok, five us are offended by the term "person" so you can't call us persons any more because it's a hate crime. so ridiculous.

    Posted by: dunstan | Nov 19, 2011 3:31:12 AM

  5. People who think tranny is derogative are tranfagtarded.

    Posted by: dunstan | Nov 19, 2011 3:34:51 AM


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 19, 2011 3:38:27 AM

  7. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how one apologizes.

    Accepted. Nothing else to be said. Move on from here.

    Posted by: tribute6725 | Nov 19, 2011 4:12:04 AM

  8. I appreciate the apology but enough is enough. Tranny is just derogatory because some idiot woke up and decided it should be. Not gonna stop using the word. Sorry. Tranny Tranny Tranny Tranny Ferocia.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Nov 19, 2011 8:31:01 AM

  9. The reason why most are eating up her apology is because a lot of gay men use the word tranny also. So it's kinda like birds of the same feather.....
    If Kelly Osbourne had said 'faggot' or any other gay male epithets, the reaction would probably be a little different regardless of how well-crafted her apology is.

    Posted by: upsetter | Nov 19, 2011 11:27:47 AM

  10. My best friend is transgender, and she calls herself a tranny all the time and once I said I didn't like that word cause I didn't see her as a "tranny" I just saw a girl and she simply replied while laughing "but I am", soooo I guess it depends on who you ask.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 19, 2011 1:52:28 PM

  11. At the event Trannyshack in San Francisco, which has been running since 1996 or so, the performers are a mix of drag queens, transsexuals (with these first two groups accounting for 95% of performers), drag kings, and real women. They all refer to themselves as trannies.

    I don't understand why the term is considered offensive.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 19, 2011 3:35:56 PM

  12. Kelly,
    As a transgender guy, I just want to say thank you. Im a huge supporter of the MG line, Madonna is my icon as well as Lola. Xo hope to meet u you guys someday!

    Jim in Chicago

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 19, 2011 5:04:52 PM

  13. who's jack wills?

    Posted by: scotsman | Nov 19, 2011 10:03:27 PM

  14. She is so sexy

    Posted by: hermes kelly | Nov 22, 2011 11:52:16 AM

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