Comedian Rosie O’Donnell got into hot water with pro-trans activists in May after she said in an interview that she told her daughter that she could still be a girl while liking “boy stuff.”
During an interview on actress Mayim Bialik’s podcast on mental health, “Bialik Breakdown,” O’Donnell was discussing gender identity. She told Bialik that she was a tomboy as a child, but she “loved being a girl.”
She recounted a story about the time her daughter told O’Donnell that her stuffed toys were non-binary.
She said she told her daughter that when she was a little girl, people called her a tomboy because she liked all the things boys liked. O’Donnell told Bialik that this is still the case, adding she likes to ride motocycles, watch football, and do other things that are traditionally considered masculine.
O’Donnell recounted telling her daughter that she had never been confused about whether she was a girl or a boy. She told her daughter that she always knew that she was a girl and she “loved being a girl.”
O’Donnell added that she told her daughter that she can “be a girl” and feel how ever she wants to feel “or you can figure out what it is.”
Rosie O’Donnell, who has been twice married to women, is an adoptive mother and foster mother who has adopted five children since 1995 and is a grandmother. Her youngest daughter is 9 years old.
It is not uncommon for parents to decide their children are “trans” simply because little boys play with dolls or little girls play with trucks.
In early May, while the Louisiana legislature was holding hearings on proposed legislation to ban transgender medical procedures on minors, one mother testified that she knew her daughter was trans when she started playing with “boy toys” at 18 months. The mother said that her child, now ten, will begin transgender treatment when she turns 11.