Glamour magazine chose a biological male as “Women of the Year Awards.”
Transgender model and activist Munroe Berdorf was named the “game-changing influencer.”
“Glamour‘s Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers, for thirty years now. To celebrate this special birthday, we’re looking back at the incredible women we’ve honored and the new generation of women shaking up the world,” Glamour said.
This year, Glamour featured Munroe Berdorf, a biological man who now identifies as a woman, as a “gamechanging influencer“:
Glamour magazine has chosen its women of the year!
Can you guess what comes next…? pic.twitter.com/qeJXQe5CBK
— Lily Maynard (@LilyLilyMaynard) March 12, 2021
Someone who knows the impact discrimination has on Black transgender people is Munroe Bergdorf. The 33-year-old has long been campaigning for marginalized voices. Her 2018 documentary What Makes A Woman explored changing ideas around gender and identity and showcased her as one of the UK’s most progressive activists, according to Glamour.
Berdorf shared an inside scoop via Glamour magazine.
My mum’s white and she’s gone on her own journey with me as her child who’s trans, and understanding racial equality. But she wasn’t really prepared for having a Black child because we weren’t having the conversations. I think that my mum just didn’t think in a consciously racist way, but she wasn’t thinking about the obstacles that would come and I had to explain to her the importance of having a Black therapist and the importance of not having to explain what it’s like to be a Black woman, a Black trans woman, a Black queer trans woman. That’s time you could use working through your trauma and it’s retraumatising to sit there and reeducate a white person who should really understand, but can never, because that is not their lived experience.
Glamour featured Bergdorf as a cover star of its “self-love” issue, describing the activist as “fearless, passionate and determined.”
Lawmakers in the Democrat-led House passed the Equality Act, aimed to effectively end the legal definition of biological sex.