Gray, who also has a substantial LGBTQ+ following, made trans-exclusionary comments Monday on Piers Morgan Uncensored, which airs on Fox’s subscription channel Fox Nation.She claimed to support trans rights, as did the often-transphobic host.
But when he brought up the issue of trans women competing with cisgender women in sports, Gray said, “I will say this, and everyone’s gonna hate me, but as a woman, just because you go change your parts doesn’t make you a woman, sorry. … I know that for a fact.” Morgan had also opposed including trans women in women’s sports, saying they were “born to obvious physical superior bodies.” Actually, although a few trans women have achieved elite status in women’s athletics, such as swimmer Lia Thomas, they do not dominate women’s sports by any means.“Being a little girl is a whole epic book, you know?” Gray added. “And you can’t have that just because you want to be a woman. … I don’t think you should be labeled transphobic just because you don’t agree.”Like Midler, Gray got pushback.
Gray responded Tuesday tweeting, "I wasn't defining trans women. just women. Because I know what it means to be one. I don't know what it means to be a trans woman and never said I did.
But that goes both ways."“I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ+ and transgender community and have been a supporter since day one,” Gray said in a statement to Billboard. “My statement on Piers Morgan was grossly misunderstood.