Call me ‘she’ Eddie Izzard asks university as receives honorary degree

Call me ‘she’, cross-dressing Eddie Izzard tells university as comedian proudly receives an honorary degree 

Cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard has asked to be called a ‘she’.

Previously, Izzard has refused to be pinned down on gender, describing an identity that is ‘somewhat boyish and somewhat girlish’.

But Izzard, 57, asked to be identified as female for an honorary degree awarded by Swansea University on Thursday. 

Proud: Eddie Izzard asked be identified as female for an honorary degree awarded by Swansea University on Thursday

A university spokesman said ‘we were asked by Eddie to use her/she pronouns in the press release.’ Pictured is Eddie, right, with Welsh singer Max Boyce

The ceremony’s press release uses female pronouns to celebrate Izzard’s career, saying: ‘In 2009 she completed 43 marathons in 51 days… 

‘She has been a Labour party activist for most of her life… She twice attempted to be elected for a seat on Labour’s National Executive.’

A university spokesman said: ‘We were asked by Eddie to use her/she pronouns in the press release.’

Of the degree, Eddie said: ‘See life as an adventure. Look for opportunities. do things for yourself, get yourself in a good place and try and then put something back’

An honour: Eddie posed with Welsh singer Max Boyce who received an Honorary Master’s Degree from the institution’s College of Arts and Humanities in 2016

Izzard identified as a transvestite on rising to prominence in the 80s, but more recently has preferred to use the term ‘transgender’.

Last night Izzard told The Mail on Sunday: ‘When I’m in girl mode I am happy to be known as “she” and when I’m in boy-mode, I am happy to be known as “he”. 

‘But I am equally happy to be referred to as Eddie or “Hey mate”.’

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