Kelly Osbourne Apologizes For Offensive Transgender Comment

Kelly Osbourne is apologizing for some comments she made during a recent interview that may have offended the gay and lesbian community.

Osbourne came under fire for using the word “tranny” when talking about the humiliation she faced after learning her ex-fiance Luke Worrall had cheated on her with Elle Schneider, who is awaiting gender reassignment surgery.

In an open letter to GLADD, Osbourne writes;

“I gained a lot of knowledge, and I now feel the urgency to speak out and teach others… As a lifelong LGBT ally and friend, I feel it is my duty to not only apologize for my wrong but to also correct it. The word ‘tr*nny’ is a derogatory and hurtful word. I was completely ignorant to this and soon came to realise most of my peers and LGBT friends are, too. This is a word I will no longer use or allow. It wasn’t until I googled it after speaking with GLAAD that I found out just how unbelievably offensive it was. When friends jokingly called me that in the past, I took it as a compliment or a joke, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“Transgender people are some of the bravest people on Earth and among the LGBT community. I cannot imagine the courage it takes to live your life openly and honestly, reflecting who you truly are, or the hurt that comes from having to hide who you are because others may not support and accept you.

“Due to the fact that it is Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, I would like to raise awareness of this injustice in society. It is a day to remember those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence and speak out against the fact that transgender people face disproportionate amounts of discrimination and harassment every day. The lack of knowledge about transgender people contributes to the unparalleled number of violent acts against them every day.”

So is all forgiven?

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