Hilary Swank: We have ‘a long way to go’ until the end of transphobia

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Oscar winner Hilary Swank has said she thinks the is “a long way to go” until transphobia is wiped out.

Swank, who won the Oscar for her harrowing role as a murdered trans man in the 1999 film ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, made the comments in an interview with meredith Vieira.

The actor said she think there had been a lot of changes since the film was made, but that there were still many issues to deal with.

She said: “I think we have taken strides since that movie… But we have a long way to go. It’s astonishing to me that we are here in 2015, and there are so many issues that need to be looked at and handled, and we shouldn’t dictate who people should love.

“Let people love people, and let’s focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people,” added the 40-year-old actor. “Look at the rest of the world, let’s focus on those things.”

The film was critically acclaimed, and starred Chloe Sevigny, who was also nominiated for an Oscar for her role as the girlfriend of Swank’s character.