“Need to be protected, rather than feared.”
Graham Norton is showing his support for the transgender community in a new interview with The Sunday Times.
The popular talk show host opened up about the damaging effects social media has on trans people, stating: “I feel like trans people are a very vulnerable group and a tiny group.”
He continued: “And it’s been conflated into this thing, as if there are trans armies coming over the hills.”
Norton elaborated on the importance of protecting members of the trans community saying they “need to be protected, rather than feared.”
“And I know there’s some aggression, but any group looking for equality and progress will only get there if there’s an extremist vanguard, and that’s how you shift things to the middle ground,” he says.
This isn’t the first time the Drag Race UK judge has expressed his concern regarding social media and the LGBTQ+ community.
Back in 2019, Norton opened up to The Guardian, stating: “Twitter, I think, must destroy some young gays.”
“If you stick your head above the parapet and you retweet the wrong thing, or you comment on the wrong thing, suddenly you must think the world is so ugly, and so horrible. And I think that’s properly dangerous.
“Because when you’re a kid, the one thing you don’t know is that this is just going to blow over. And even though people are saying they want to rip your head off and shit down your throat, they’re never going to say boo to you if they see you in the street.”
Over the years the trans community in the UK has struggled to find support from the government.
Back in September of last year, it was reported that the Gender Recognition Act, which was applauded by many LGBTQ+ activists, was no longer going to be reformed.
Stonewall published an online thread acknowledging the speculation around the fate of the act.
The LGBTQ+ charity tweeted: “There’s more rumours in today’s papers that the Government may drop plans to meaningfully reform the Gender Recognition Act.
Even though the majority of the public support introducing a simplified process for trans people to get legal recognition of their gender.”
This statement was followed by a call for action by the government declaring that “Trans people have waited too long for equality”.
The fight for Trans Lives and equality still rages on!