Wonder Woman Lynda Carter Stands Up for Transgender People

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| LAST UPDATE 12/19/2021

By Joyce Ballard
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Before we had Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter was the original live-action Wonder Woman. And it looks like once a superhero, always a superhero. Here's how the renowned actress is standing up for her transgender fans.

In case you missed it, the wizarding world's former favorite author, J.K. Rowling, has been taking to Twitter over the last year to express some transphobic views. And after the Harry Potter writer's latest tweets, Wonder Woman swooped in to save the day - and made sure the transgender community knows they are supported. "You don't have to be trans to understand the importance of respecting trans people and affirming their identities. Life is just too short," Lynda tweeted. And she wasn't done there. The former Wonder Woman added, "I can't imagine how it makes any sense to use one's fame and resources to put others down." We can't retweet this enough times.

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It's not the first time the Hollywood icon stands up for the transgender community and honors her queer fanbase. "Trans women are Wonder Women. End of story," Carter wrote on Twitter earlier this year. The 70-year-old actress is a proud ally of the entire LGBT+ community, celebrating National Coming Out Day and Bi Visibility Day. "I can't tell you how many times I have heard that young queer kids used to do the Wonder Woman spin when they were closeted," Lynda shared on October 11, National Coming Out Day. She continued, "Whether you're out and proud now or you're still living with a secret identity, you are a superhero in my eyes. Happy National Coming Out Day." The actress's relationship with the queer community goes way back, as she became an LGBT icon during her time as the DC Comics hero. But Lynda wasn't always aware of just how much she was looked up to.

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"During an interview, a journalist said, 'You're such a gay icon!' and I said, 'I am? That's great!' I had no idea until that moment," Carter recalled in 2012. "But as far as being supportive of LGBT equality, I've always felt that it shouldn't even be a question. It's a matter of basic civil rights, and I don't understand how anyone can see it differently."

More of this from Hollywood stars, please!