Eddie Redmayne regrets playing Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl

Lili Elbe in 1926. She was one of the first known people to have undergone gender alignment surgery. Lili died at the age of 49 after a failed uterus transplant.

Eddie Redmayne told the Sunday Times that taking the role of Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl was a "mistake".

In the interview (behind a paywall) he lamented:

“No, I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake."

 “The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table. There must be a levelling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”

Not an apology. A personal regret.

Redmayne did not express regret for the unnecessary pain, frustration that he caused the transgender community.

He did not acknowledge the schism that he widened within the transgender community. Some trans people welcomed him playing a transgender character insisting that cultural acceptance is incremental and not a sprint.

Some like myself hate it when high-profile roles like that are doled out to sucessfull cisgender actors without so much as a casting call for transgender actors.

In my opinion, a transgender person can bring a tangible substance to the part because of their life experiences, where it was painfully obvious that Redmayne failed to do that in The Danish Girl. But in all honesty you need to be trans to notice that.

Trans lives matter and that is not up for debate. That being said we welcome him acknowledging that taking a transgender role, hopefully, any transgender part by a cisgender actor is a mistake.

Chile just elected its first transgender woman to Congress

Emilia Schneider
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Transgender woman Emilia Schneider was elected on Sunday to the Chamber of Deputies making her the first trans person to hold office in the lower house of Chile's bicameral Congress.

Born in 1996 in Santiago de Chile, Emilia Schneider is the great-granddaughter of General René Schneider, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army between 1969 and 1970, the year in which he was assassinated for his defense of the Constitution, known as the Schneider Doctrine


She completed her primary and secondary studies at the Latin American Integration College, an educational establishment close to the Chilean political left. Upon graduating from high school, she entered the Law degree at the University of Chile. She was a spokesperson for the Feminist Taking of the Faculty of Law during the feminist demonstrations in Chile in 2018, being the first trans woman to be a spokesperson for the 8M Feminist Assembly.

"This is a day of mixed feelings." Schneider tweeted, "On the one hand, hate advances On the other, there is hope. I want to thank you for all your support, and today I am humbled and honored to be the first trans deputy of Chile. This is a step thanks to years of feminist and dissident struggle"

The strongest finisher in the priliminary elections for president, José Antonio Kast, is a vocal opponent of the femimist movement and most importantly for the trans community, the gender idenity law which allows trans people 14 and older to change their identification documents without first undergoing surgery.

“Our dignity as women and as sexual diversities is at risk. Kast's program, even if he says otherwise, says to go back on issues such as the gender identity law, so that trans people stop having the rights to our identity and repeal the abortion law on three grounds ”, she added.