• Rose McGowan has apologised to the trans community. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
"It’s just been a learning process and evolution."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

21 Jan 2019 - 4:54 PM  UPDATED 21 Jan 2019 - 4:54 PM

Actor, writer and activist Rose McGowan has offered an apology to members of the trans community, reflecting on a fiery exchange she had with a trans woman in public.

Last year, during a Q&A for her book, titled Brave, McGowan was confronted by a member of the audience over comments she'd made on RuPaul's podcast What's the Tee? in 2017.

On the podcast, McGowan said, "[Trans women] assume because they felt like a woman on the inside. That’s not developing as a woman. That’s not growing as a woman, that’s not living in this world as a woman, and a lot of the stuff I hear trans complaining about, yeah, welcome to the world.”

According to Variety, the bookstore confrontation sent McGowan, who is now dating non-binary model Rain Dove, into a tirade.

"You're a woman now? Well f***ing learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege."

One year later and McGowan hopes to move on, telling PinkNews: “I would like to say I’m sorry."

“I didn’t have the correct language. I am, you know, an older woman from Hollywood," she added.

“It’s not exactly the place for understanding the language.”

McGowan continued: "It’s just been a learning process and evolution. I’m here to say to people that are scared of trans-ness, we’re all women, we’re just different kinds of women and different kinds of men. There’s a huge spectrum to be had in that. And I think that’s a really beautiful thing.

“I’ve long been involved in this community, just behind the scenes, not in front of the cameras. To have that ripped away is really, really heartbreaking and something that I am profoundly sorry for."

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