Comedian and aspiring Labour MP Eddie Izzard, 61, now uses the female name ‘Suzy’ – but insists people can still call her by her original name
- Gender-fluid star revealed the change on Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast
- But the comedian ‘doesn’t mind’ if people use the name Eddie or Suzy
Comedian Eddie Izzard has revealed that she now uses a new female name – ‘Suzy’.
The aspiring Labour MP, 61, said she now alternates between her original name and the new moniker.
The gender-fluid star revealed the change on Matt Forde’s Political Party podcast on Monday night.
Izzard has used ‘she/her’ pronouns since 2020, but ‘doesn’t mind’ if people use ‘him/her’ pronouns.
She told Forde: ‘I prefer to see she/her, I don’t mind he/him… I’m Eddie.
The gender-fluid star revealed the change on Matt Forde’s Political Party podcast on Monday night
Izzard has used ‘she/her’ pronouns since 2020, but ‘doesn’t mind’ if people use ‘him/her’ pronouns
‘There’s another name I’m going to add in as well, which is Suzy, which I wanted to be since I was 10. I’m going to be Suzy Eddie Izzard.
‘That’s how I’m going to roll, so people can choose what they want. They can’t make a mistake, they can’t go wrong.’
She also pledged to ‘keep going until I get in’ as a Labour MP after losing out on selection for the seat of Sheffield Central in December, and vowed to fight for selection ‘anywhere up North’.
‘I would rather be up North because I’m a kid from the South… if people feel the South has it good then I want to fight for the North,’ she added.
She also said it was not transphobic to oppose former Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Gender Recognition Bill, which was blocked by Westminster in January.
The block came amid concerns that 16 was too young to lower the to which someone can legally change gender.
Izzard said it was not transphobic to oppose the Scottish bill because the time people should wait before changing gender legally is a ‘tricky question’.
Asked how many genders there are, she said: ‘I don’t know… we’re all somewhere on the spectrum, we have just got to chill out about it.’
Izzard previously told the Huffington Post website: ‘I spent 50 years predominantly in boy mode, so let’s try the next 50 in girl mode.
‘It’s just a language adjustment. And no one should get het up about it.
‘I’m still gender fluid and I tell everyone that’s supported me, ‘Relax people, he or she, it doesn’t really matter.”
‘The pronoun thing isn’t the important thing, the important thing was coming out [as trans] back in 1985, that was the tough time.’
Izzard initially became known as a comedian who cross-dressed, but now identifies as a gender-fluid trans woman.