Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. (Photo credit: DC Comics/Kob/REX/Shutterstock)
Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, said trans rights!
Carter, who has already proven herself to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, tweeted a meme featuring herself that proves she endorses trans people and doesn’t align with TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists).
She tweeted a picture of herself giving a thumbs-up while holding a book photoshopped to have the cover showcase the trans flag colors and read “Trans rights.”
“One of my millennial friends who taught me all about memes just texted me this…Ha!” she tweeted, to the delight of her fans.
One of my millennial friends who taught me all about memes just texted me this… Ha! pic.twitter.com/ehC5NWV4Gc— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) July 7, 2022
PFLAG National tweeted their agreement by using several clapping and happy emojis with the trans flag emoji in the center.
👏👏👏🏳️⚧️🥰🧡🌈— PFLAG National (@PFLAG) July 7, 2022
Other commenters wrote how happy they were that one of their idols affirmed them, with one writing, “When your childhood heroes turn out to be heroes in real life.”
When your childhood heroes turn out to be heroes in real life. ❤️— David Llewellyn (@TheDaiLlew) July 7, 2022
“It’s the best feeling when the person who played your icon also embodies the qualities of that icon,” wrote another.
“And it’s a great feeling when the person who inspired me to come out as trans turns out to be your favorite and most loyal ally,” a fan responded.
It’s the best feeling when the person who played your icon also embodies the qualities of that icon. ❤️— Lauren Dane says gay all day (@laurendane) July 7, 2022
And it’s a great feeling when the person who first inspired me to come out as trans turns out to be your favorite and most loyal ally. 🤎— Dana Meyers 🏳️⚧️ (@SpamSpam) July 7, 2022
Recently fan-favorites have disappointed their followers by retweeting or stating TERF-y comments. According to The Cut, Bette Midler recently wrote on Twitter in response to Roe v. Wade, “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives, and even our name! 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!” After being called out by fans and celebrities including nonbinary actor Mae Martin, Midler doubled-down by reposting an article with TERF talking points written by New York Times columnist Pamela Paul.
Macy Gray also revealed a TERF point of view when she was a guest on Piers Morgan’s Uncensored, during which she agreed with Morgan’s view that trans women athletes shouldn’t compete with cisgender women.
“Everybody’s going to hate me, but as a woman, just because you go change your parts doesn’t make you a woman. Sorry,” she said according to The Cut. “If you want me to call you a ‘her,’ I will, because that’s what you want. But that doesn’t make you a woman just because I call you a ‘her’ and just because you got surgery.”
In Martin’s response to Midler, they wrote how inclusive language is meant to include everyone who is affected by reproductive issues.
“I was born female, grew up with all of the struggles that entails, but I am trans/non-binary, not a woman. I am medically and culturally transitioning and so ‘woman’ is not an accurate word to use when describing me,” said Martin. “The use of inclusive language when talking about abortion rights means that I–with all my shared experience and shared threat of pregnancy as I also sleep with cis men–can participate and be acknowledged in the conversation and fight alongside women.”
“…For clarity for people experiencing that pedantic panic: nobody is denying that people have biological differences,” they continued. “But trans women are women, this is undeniable. They have a parallel struggle with cis women. They are at a disproportionately high risk of violence, rape, and murder at the hands of cis men. The struggle for trans women to live safely and with equal rights is very much in its infancy, to live authentically in the world as a trans person requires a huge amount of courage and bravery and comes with a level of constant treat. We are stronger together.”