Loose Women viewers lambasted Gloria Hunniford during Friday’s show, after she repeatedly referred to transgender women as ‘he/she.’
The Irish broadcaster, 78, used the derogatory term during a heated debate about whether transgender patients should be placed in separate
Meanwhile many viewers also praised Stacey Solomon, 29, who insisted that everyone should be able to identify as whatever gender they wish.
Shocking: Loose Women viewers lambasted Gloria Hunniford during Friday’s show, after she repeatedly referred to transgender women as ‘he/she’
During the heated debate, Gloria repeatedly referred to trans women as men, and also panellists, Stacey, Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha: ‘If a man still has his willy and all his tackle then as far as I am concerned he-she is a man.’
But Stacey quickly countered: ‘Just because someone who identifies as a women but hasn’t had the operation, which is a really extreme operation… because it’s quite extreme and a lot to go through.
‘However for all their lives they have felt like a woman or a man and feeling like they are inside the wrong body.
‘For me I feel if you wouldn’t want to be on a ward with the opposite gender, then these women, who identify as women, feel exactly the same as you.
‘They do not want to be on a ward with men because they have always felt they are a woman.’
Controversial: Meanwhile Stacey Solomon was praised for defending the transgender community, with many branding her views ‘a breath of fresh air’
Her words sparked outrage from many viewers, who complained that she was using the wrong terminology to describe the transgender community.
One furiously wrote: ‘@loosewomen tell Gloria the correct terminology would be ‘they.’ Not he/she #supporttransrights.’
Another added: ‘What Andrea McLean and Gloria Hunniford have essentially said is ‘I’m happy for you to be what you want to be, just as long as it’s not in my face.’
A third also pointed out: ‘Your discussion today on transgender people in the NHS was appalling. The intro itself by Andrea included nothing but negative connotations and words. And then @nadiasawalha asked why trans people cant just have a pvt room?? Thank goodness for @Stacey Solomon as always.’
Heated: Gloria used the term during a panel discussion about whether transgender patients should be placed in separate NHS hospital rooms
Angry: Gloria’s words sparked outrage from many viewers, who complained that she was using the wrong terminology to describe the transgender community
And among outraged viewers was RuPaul’s Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother star Michelle Visage, who suggested that they invited a member of the transgender community onto the show as a way to justify their views.
She posted: ‘Here’s an idea @loosewomen how about you have a TRANS woman on there to speak rather than be spoke ABOUT? no one is equipped for this conversation and that’s NOT fair.’
A viewer also replied in agreement: ‘Literally!!! Four women commenting on how a trans person feels. Invite a trans person to explain their feelings instead.’
Do this! Among the viewers was RuPaul’s Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother star Michelle Visage, who suggested they invite a member of the transgender community onto the show
Meanwhile Stacey’s words were inundated with praise from viewers who welcomed her calm and balanced approach to the issue.
One person wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you Stacey for standing up for the transgender community… you were the only one on that panel who really seemed to get it.’
Another also wrote: ‘Loving @StaceySolomon on @loosewomen today speaking about trans rights, so well spoken and compassionate. Why do we as a society feel the need to devalue somebodies rights and ignore something as simple as Equality.’
‘Well done Stacey! Need more people like you supporting trans peoples rights. A trans man is a man, a trans woman is a woman.’
Important: Meanwhile Stacey’s words were inundated with praise from viewers who welcomed her calm and balanced approach to the issue
One viewer also posted: ‘The support @StaceySolomon was giving the trans community on @loosewomen this morning was a breath of fresh air. Thank god for empathetic people like her on daytime TV.’
Another also tweeted: ‘@Stacey Solomon speaking with wonderful integrity and compassion on @loosewomen about #trans matters within the @NHSuk and #hospitals #bravo.’
Eventually the matter was put to rest by lead host Andrea, while Nadia added that she agreed with ‘everybody’s views.’
Done: Eventually the matter was put to rest by lead host Andrea, while Nadia added that she agreed with ‘everybody’s views’