Activists Thank Halle Berry For 'Learning' After Trans Role Apology

Transgender rights activists have acknowledged Halle Berry's apology after the star faced backlash for saying she was preparing for a role as a transgender man in an upcoming film.

On Monday, Berry, 53, issued an apology and vowed to be an ally.

"Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I'd like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote on Twitter.

"As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.

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— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 7, 2020

She added: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."

Activist groups have responded to Berry's apology with a number of organizations addressing her on Twitter to thank her for listening and learning.

GLAAD, the media monitoring organization founded by LGBTQ+ people in the media, responded to Berry on Twitter.

"We are pleased that @halleberry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them," they tweeted. "Other powerful people should do the same. A good place to start is by watching @Disclosure_Doc to learn about trans representation in media."

We are pleased that @halleberry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them. Other powerful people should do the same. A good place to start is by watching @Disclosure_Doc to learn about trans representation in media. https://t.co/SAxSvXxbk3

— GLAAD (@glaad) July 7, 2020

Disclosure, which is currently streaming on Netflix, follows the history of trans images in film & TV, providing an exploration of Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and culture.

The makes of Disclosure also responded to Berry's apology, tweeting: "Thank you
@halleberry for listening and learning. We hope #DisclosureNetflix is one of many educational tools you and others can rely to inspire and strengthen allyship."

Thank you @halleberry for listening and learning. We hope #DisclosureNetflix is one of many educational tools you and others can rely to inspire and strengthen allyship. https://t.co/SA71QFsgAN

— Disclosure Documentary (@Disclosure_Doc) July 7, 2020

Actor and trans advocate Brian Michael Smith thanked Berry for "taking the time to listen."

"Thank you for hearing us and for taking the time to listen and understand our concerns. Furthermore, I appreciate your vow to take action and use your platform to promote better representation and opportunities for marginalized artists on both sides of the lens," he tweeted.

.@halleberry Thank you for hearing us and for taking the time to listen and understand our concerns. Furthermore, I appreciate your vow to take action and use your platform to promote better representation and opportunities for marginalized artists on both sides of the lens. 🖤✊🏾 https://t.co/gistCQV0xG

— Brian Michael Smith (@TheBrianMichael) July 7, 2020

In an Instagram live interview on Friday, Berry spoke about her preparation for playing a trans character in a movie, which she had not yet been cast in.

"[It's] a character where the woman is a trans character, so she's a woman that transitioned into a man. She's a character in a project I love that I might be doing," she said, adding that she wanted to take a "deep dive" into "that world,"

However, the Oscar-winner faced immediate backlash online after misgendering the character a number of times during the interview.

"Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project," she said.

Newsweek has reached out to GLAAD for further comment.

Disclosure is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Above, Halle Berry is pictured at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, in Beverly Hills, California. The actor noticed her poster hanging in photos of Prince Harry's dorm room that resurfaced. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images