LGBT charity praises Eddie Izzard for ‘bravely’ using the pronouns she and her

An LGBT charity has praised Eddie Izzard for opting to use the pronouns she and her.

The comedian said during an appearance on the Sky Arts series Portrait Artist Of The Year last week that she is gender-fluid and wanted "to be based in girl mode from now on".

She added that it "feels great" and it is the first time she has asked to be referred to using the pronouns while making a television programme.

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The Prince of Wales speaking with comedian Eddie Izzard, when he attended the comedians show "Dressed to Kill" at the Wembley Arena. (Photo by John Stillwell - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
009378.CA.0601.brown2.GFBritish comic Eddie Izzard stands apart from the crowd while riding the monorail in downtown Seattle late after his show. Heis touring the country with his oneman show, Circle. He performed Thursday night in Seattle. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 10: British Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard poses for a portrait on August 10, 1997 outside the Flat Iron building at 23rd and Broadway in New York City, New York. (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 30/10/98 COMEDIAN EDDIE IZZARD (RIGHT) WITH MICHAEL STIPE OF THE AMERICAN BAND 'REM' WHO RECEIVED A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE Q MUSIC AWARDS AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL ON PARK LANE, LONDON. (Photo by Neil Munns - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1526 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian/actor Eddie Izzard, host Jay Leno during an interview on January 11, 1999 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) Comedian Vic Reeves, comedian and host Eddie Izzard, actor Alan Rickman and comedian Harry Enfield on stage during a photocall prior to the 'We Know Where You Live. Live!' event to mark the 40th anniversary of Amnesty International at London's Wembley Arena. * The four will perform a new version of a Monty Python sketch. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Eddie Izzard, Justin Bond, Kenny Mellman, and Graham Norton (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Daryl Hannah and Eddie Izzard during MAC Cosmetics Eddie Izzard "Sexie" Party at Soho House in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
LONDON - JUNE 17: Comedian Eddie Izzard poses in a hotel room with a disassembled motorbike to promote his new stand up tour June 17, 2003 at The Savoy, London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
LONDON - DECEMBER 22: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) TV presenters Carson Kressley, Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and comedian Eddie Izzard pose in the Awards Room with their award at the "British Comedy Awards 2004" at London Television Studios on December 22, 2004 in London. Jonathan Ross hosted the star-studded annual awards. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Elliot Gould, Steven Soderbergh, Director, Bruce Willis, Jerry Weintraub, producer, Vincent Cassel, George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brad Pitt, Scott Caan, Matt Damon, Eddie Izzard, Casey Affleck and Don Cheadle (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne and Eddie Izzard during 13th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party Co-hosted by Chopard - After Party at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LONDON - JUNE 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) Eddie Izzard, Helen Mirren and Terry Gilliam attend the re-opening party for the Roundhouse June 5, 2006 London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM: (L-R) British comedian Eddie Izzard, entrepreneur Richard Branson , Australia's Nathalie Imbruglia, Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell and pop star Midge Ure pose after a press conference at Edinburgh Airport by the Global Call to Action against Poverty pressure group, 04 July 2005. Around 30 protestors were arrested in Edinburgh Monday during ongoing scuffles between police and anti-globalisation protestors. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 06: Comedian Eddie Izzard performs on stage at the Live 8 Edinburgh concert at Murrayfield Stadium on July 6, 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The free gig, labelled Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push, is organised by Midge Ure, alongside Geldof, and coincides with the G8 summit to raise awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Garry Shandling and Eddie Izzard (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELS - JUNE 25: Actors Elliot Gould (L) and Eddie Izzard pose at a reception held by SAG and SAGIndie to celebrate the films and performances of the L.A. Film Festival at Tengu on June 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 05: Actors Eddie Izzard (L) and Andy Garcia arrive to the Warner Bros. premiere of the film "Ocean's 13" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MONTREAL - JULY 20: Comedians Billy Connelly and Eddie Izzard perform at the Theatre St. Catherine during the Just For Laughs Festival on July 20, 2007, in Montreal. (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage)
Actor Eddie Izzard and actress Minnie Driver attend "An Evening with the Riches" at the Paley Center on April 18, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Eddie Izzard with the award for the Best Solo Performer at The Theatregoer's Choice Awards Show and Concert at the Prince of Wales Theatre in central London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 21: Actors Eddie Izzard and Bill Nighy attend the "Valkyrie" film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 21, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and wife Sarah meet Eddie Izzard at 10 Downing Street this morning after the comedian completed 43 marathons in 51 days. (Photo by Fiona Hanson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Eddie Izzard on top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, part of his attempt to run more than 1,000 miles across the UK for charity. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 15: Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard completes his run around the UK in aid of Sport Relief at Trafalgar Square on September 15, 2009 in London, England. Izzard ran 43 marathons of at least 27 miles per day, six days a week over 51 days, covering a distance of over 1,100 miles around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Comedian Eddie Izzard (left) in Liverpool town centre today, supporting John Prescott (right) at the launch of his battle bus. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Paula Radcliffe (left) and James Corden present Eddie Izzard (right) with a Special award for his marathon efforts during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield . (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Home Secretary Alan Johnson (left) and comedian Eddie Izzard on the General Election campaign trail in Durham. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Eddie Izzard attends Eddie Izzard's DVD Premiere at Cineworld Haymarket on November 18, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband (2nd L) and comedian Eddie Izzard host a question and answer session entitled 'Rebuilding for the Future', on the fourth day of the Labour party conference on September 29, 2010 in Manchester, England. David Miliband, the brother of Labour leader Ed Miliband, has until 5pm today to decide whether to put himself forward for a role in the shadow Cabinet. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard at the national launch of the YES! campaign for the Alternative Vote, at Coin St Community Centre in south London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Presenter Graham Norton (left) with guests, (left to right) Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Alesha Dixon, Eddie Izzard and Rebecca Ferguson, during filming of The Graham Norton Show, at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Images via Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Izzard (left) and Lord Prescott listen to Ed Miliband during his speech at the Labour Party annual conference at The Brighton Centre, Brighton. (Photo by Chris Ison/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: (L-R) John Bishop and Eddie Izzard attend 'Give It Up For Comic Relief' at Wembley Arena on March 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Eddie Izzard performs on the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09: Comedian Eddie Izzard poses for photographs prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Norwich City at Selhurst Park on April 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Eddie Izzard poses in the Winners Room at The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at The Royal Opera House on April 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2016/09/03: Comedian Eddie Izzard (centre) and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell (left) lead the second pro-EU "March for Europe" through central London. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 03: Eddie Izzard leads, as thousands march to demand Britain keeps close ties with the continent on September 03, 2016 in London, England. Thousands of pro-Europe protesters have flooded the streets of London, calling for the UK to strengthen ties to the continent following the Brexit vote. PHOTOGRAPH BY Marcus Vallance / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Marcus Vallance/Barcroft Media via Getty Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: (L-R) Director Stephen Frears, Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard attend the "Victoria & Abdul" UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 04: Eddie Izzard, comedian and political activist, visits Cardiff to show support for Anna McMorrin (R), Labour candidate for Cardiff North on December 4, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. The UK will go to the polls on December 12, the third General Election in less than five years. (Photo by Polly Thomas/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Rachel Tackley, Creative Director of Riverside Studios, and Eddie Izzard attend the "Icons" exhibition press view in conjunction with Art Hound Gallery at Riverside Studios on September 24, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images)
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Robbie de Santos, associate director of communications and campaigns at the charity Stonewall, told the PA news agency: "We're delighted that Eddie has been able to bravely share her truth with the world.

"Being open about using different pronouns is often incredibly difficult, especially in the public eye – her courageous decision will mean a lot to trans and gender-fluid communities around the world."

Izzard was appearing on Portrait Artist Of The Year to pose for the contestants.

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi previously praised Izzard for asking to use the pronouns she and her.

On Sunday she tweeted: "I can't tell you what she means to me as a comic.

"Rocked my comedy world when I was a teen and beyond. Changed everything, made room. I love her and this morning I'm very happy for her."

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