March 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Alyssa Milano apologizes for calling herself ‘trans’ and ‘a gay man’

Alyssa Milano. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Alyssa Milano has apologized after labeling herself transgender, disabled, a person of color, a lesbian and a gay man in one of her recent tweets.

On National Women’s Day, Milano gave her support to the transgender community in a tweet writing “My transgender sisters! I am celebrating YOU this #NationalWomensDay!”

A user replied to the tweet asking, “Alyssa are you transgender?”

“I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled. I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk,” Milano tweeted back. “Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after.”

Her response evoked plenty of criticism from people who didn’t think her tweet represented her allyship.

Milano noticed the backlash and apologized but added that “empathy is not a bad thing.”

“I’m glad this tweet invoked conversation. I’m so sorry it offended some. I see you and hear you. But just a reminder, empathy is not a bad thing. Nuance is important and literal interpretation is not always intended. And I can identify with and not identify as. Both are powerful,” Milano tweeted.

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