Charlize Theron Reveals Daughter Is Transgender: “I Thought She Was a Boy”

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Charlize Theron Reveals Daughter Is Transgender: “I Thought She Was a Boy”
Charlize Theron Reveals Daughter Is Transgender: “I Thought She Was a Boy”

Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron reportedly shared that her oldest child is transgender.

Her daughter Jackson, 7, was assigned male at birth but revealed she’s a girl four years ago, Theron said, according to an interview published Thursday in the Daily Mail.

“I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron, 43, reportedly said in the interview. “Until she looked at me at 3 years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!’”

The actress has two children: Jackson and August, 4.

Theron has a legacy of LGBTQ activism, particularly when it comes to advocating for marriage equality. In 2009, she announced on “The View” that she would not marry her then-boyfriend, Stuart Townsend, until everyone had the right to marry in the United States.

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“I think it would be exactly the same if we were married, but for me to go through that kind of ceremony, because I have so many friends who are gays and lesbians who would so badly want to get married, that I wouldn’t be able to sleep with myself,” she said at the time.

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Theron is also known for playing a bisexual spy in “Atomic Blonde.” When Andy Cohen asked her about playing a queer character on his show, “Watch What Happens Live,” Theron responded that it shouldn’t even be a question.

“It’s just so strange when we talk so much about it. It should be normalized by now,” Theron said. “It’s something I feel is not represented enough in cinema … I feel that when you make movies, if you’re going to hold that mirror up and reflect society, then you should reflect society.”

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Many are positively responding to Theron’s reported announcement in the Daily Mail.

Jamie Clayton, a transgender actress best known for starring as Nomi Marks in the Netflix series “Sense8,” wrote on Twitter: “@CharlizeAfrica Sending you so much love … Thank you beyond.”

Helen Webberly, a gender specialist at Gender GP, an online transgender medical clinic, wrote, “What a lucky little girl.”

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