Gay Icon Bette Midler Comes Out Swinging Against Trans People

Phaylen Fairchild
9 min readJul 5, 2022

(This article has been updated to reflect Bette Midler’s 7/6 Statement.)

This was probably the most unexpected turn of events in the ongoing, heated discourse regarding the trans community.

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade and over a dozen states immediately triggering bans on abortion, often with no exemptions, the outrage that followed is justified.

However, in some cases, it has lead to trans people, once again, being thrown under the bus, and this extremist decision by the Supreme Court even blamed on the existence of transgender people- specifically trans women.

Since the catastrophic ruling was handed down last week, the more visible members of the transgender community have rushed to the defense of the most vulnerable among us, trans men, women, non-binary people who have been relentlessly threatened by this devastating move. Since 2019, when Justice Clarence Thomas first signaled that his intent would be to overturn Roe 50 years after it’s implementation, the LGBTQ+ community has rallied around those whose rights to their own decisions would be impacted by the egregious move.

While you’re providing allyship to a community that has been disenfranchised after such gross Judicial negligence and the very people you’re supporting turn their outrage, without provocation, toward you, it can be extremely jarring- even heartbreaking- especially when it is a pop culture icon as beloved as Bette Midler.

Midler, who is often outspoken on the political field, took to her social media to pull a stunt that echoes the derisive sentiments of JK Rowling.

There is so much false information and far-right buzzwords echoed in Midler’s caustic missive that one would certainly expect such a worldly and wise woman to know better. No one is afraid to use the word “Woman.” Women are not being erased because trans women exist. Midler is parroting our most extremist of critics, using their own…

Phaylen Fairchild

Actor, Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ & Women’s Rights Activist All work copyright