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Eddie Izzard wants to be judged by what he can “add to human existence”.
The comedian and actor has launched her bid to become Labour’s candidate for Sheffield Central at the next general election.
If she eventually wins the nomination and the seat, she will become the party’s first trans woman MP – and also the first person elected to parliament as openly trans (Conservative MP Jamie Wallis came out as trans while in office).
But Eddie Izzard isn’t interested in firsts – she’s more interested in talking about what she can do for the people of Sheffield.
“If you’re following back the people who are first, that’s not necessarily the key thing, it’s more that it will encourage other people to come forward and other trans MPs. [will follow]Izzard said PinkNews.
She points to Georgina Beyer, a trans New Zealand MP, as an example of someone who has inspired others.
“I’m following in the footsteps of great people who have already done the hard work.”
“I mention Obama again — he wasn’t there to be an African-American president, he was there to be a president who happened to be African-American.
She wants to be judged by what she can “add to human existence” – not by her gender.
“[There’s been] many struggles for centuries, for millennia to get to where we are, but now it’s how can we push through? How can we make other people’s lives better?”
Eddie Izzard pays tribute to LGBTQ+ trailblazers
Izzard also pays tribute to queer people from all walks of life who have been fighting for LGBTQ+ rights since the 1960s.
“I have to salute the whole gay and lesbian community and all the queer people from the ’60s who worked hard,” he says.
“Because when I came out as trans in 1985, all I could look at were gay and lesbian cousins who were doing great work and being positive, so I thought I’ve got to come out, I’ve got to do it to help bring the ‘T’ in LGBTQ,” she says.
“It’s wonderful to have people to follow.