Bette Midler sparks backlash for attacking Trans-inclusive language 

Panti Bliss responded to the post, saying: “Oh God. Not Bette Midler falling for the anti-trans panic nonsense”.

Portrait of Bette Midler who published an anti-Trans tweet.
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Beloved actor Bette Midler has sparked backlash after publishing a seemingly anti-Trans tweet. Queer and ally fans have been left disappointed by the Hocus Pocus star who criticised inclusive language in a post published on Monday, July 4.

“WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name!” she wrote.

“They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators’, and even ‘people with vaginas’! Don’t let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!” Midler continued.

Many prominent queer figures have spoken out against the tweet from the actor who is known as somewhat of a gay icon, including Ireland’s own Panti Bliss who wrote: “Oh God. Not Bette Midler falling for the anti-trans panic nonsense”.

In another post, the legendary drag queen added: “Don’t fall for the anti-trans panic fake nonsense. No one is erasing women. In a few small healthcare cases where appropriate they are using trans inclusive language. That’s all.”

Derry Girls actor Siobhán McSweeney also responded to the tweet simply saying: “This isn’t true. xxx”.

Crystal from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 1 wrote: “The fight for women’s rights INCLUDES trans people – trans rights do not erode women’s rights. We’re all fighting this together and this trans-exclusionary rhetoric does NOTHING to help that.

Bette Midler is a woman. Some other people who give birth are not women. That’s ok!” she concluded.

The anti-Trans tweet from Bette Midler comes just weeks after a similar ‘debate’ broke out in Ireland in the lead-up to Pride in June. A group opposing the removal of the word ‘woman’ from maternity legislation called into the RTÉ Radio 1 Liveline programme, sparking “hateful” discussions spanning several days.

During the height of the incident, a gender-fluid, non-binary person, Catriona, appeared on the show, expressing: “It’s not about the erasure of the word ‘woman’ and it’s not about the erasure of women as a state of being, it’s about including other people who wish to be parents, who wish to give birth to a child but feel dysphoric or don’t identify with the word ‘woman’ anymore.”

Even with this seemingly simple explanation, it appears that many are maintaining that inclusive language is harmful to women’s rights.

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