Whoopi Goldberg explains what not to ask trans people about

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Whoopi Goldberg attends 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Shorts: Whoopi's Shorts at Spring Studios on April 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival )

The producer of the upcoming transgender fashion reality ‘Strut’ explains that it is very weird to ask transgender people whether they have male sex organs. “You don’t ask that to anybody,” the celebrity says. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Goldberg debuted a clip from a show in which a transgender man is asked if he has a penis. Goldberg revealed that asking about it is not right. People may be curious about it because transgender people seem unusual for them (even though they have always existed), but it is still unpolite to talk about it with them.

The star said: “One of the reasons you don’t know that is folks don’t talk about it. You see Caitlyn Jenner or Laverne Cox and think that’s what it is, but the folks that we’re bringing to the show are regular people who are just trying to have their lives. These are folks who know who they are inside… transgender people seem to make people uncomfortable for some reason. Talking to a lot of the folks we’re working with, they say ‘we’ve had to do other kinds of work because people won’t hire us because they’re nervous or uncomfortable’. I think [being a model] is a good way to not have to go in another direction because you’re a transgender person. Their bravery to stand up and say ‘this is who I am’ in a world where people think it’s funny or think it’s silly or don’t understand or who get very religious about it… it’s like, listen. God doesn’t make mistakes but Mother Nature will mess with you until the cows come home! You know who you are, I know who I am. Sometimes people arrive and there’s a little mix-up and they’re not in the right place. To be able to say it out loud, I have to tip my hat to these folks.”

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