On the ABC’s One Plus One show, the presenter interviewed Eddie Izzard, the UK born transvestite comedian. Where does one start? He has so many opinions that I can admire. Let’s dispense with the lightweight: he thinks drama the main course & comedy dessert. For me, that would make him iles flotants.
He had his genome charted, & found that his father’s forebears were Saxon, his mother’s Viking. Someone once said this of the Brits, Graham Greene I think, that they like to assert their mixed heritage, preferably a distant past of very braided genetic threads. Izzard goes further though; his parents honeymooned in Beirut; he will do drag stand up comedy there in Arabic & French. He grew up in Aden, Yemen. Learning European languages is a past-time for him. He wants the UK to rejoin Europe & intends to contest the position of London Major in 2020.
But, what he has to say about the LGBTIQ community is most wonderful. The presenter asked him when he was last subjected to abuse; his reply was that you could find it anywhere if only you looked. He said that the bigots & oppressors scream that we are dirty & depraved. But he believes that scientists will one day examine the millions of genome components and find the part responsible for gay & lesbian & transgender identity. With that scientific info we will be able to finally refute the bigot’s assertion that we perversely choose our lifestyle and identity. They will at last be seen to be the depraved bigots, excusing their hatred as coming from their imaginary friend ( “god ordered me to hate you”).
At this point, I repeat that Michael Bagemihl in his book Biological Exuberance has given us the observations from nature that tell us of the inexplicable varieties in nature. Of course, as descendants of the Enlightenment, we should be able to assert that the human being is noble & wonderful, “what a piece of work is man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable”. However, we have so blinded ourselves with the contortions of ideology that it is difficult to see our innate goodness and nobility, and we must look to creatures in the wild for exemplars of behaviour.
Izzard predicts that when the piece of genome that determines gender identity is found, it will be complex and layered. As he himself attests, he was raised to play butch sports, but also likes women’s clothes or “his clothes” as he calls them; he describes himself as being a combination of male and female parts. As a role model for our communities, I praise his wisdom and goodness. I admire his busyness, his skill with languages, his urge to find and express goodness and positivity.