Eddie Izzard has taken it upon himself to do something extremely difficult and inspirational — run 27 marathons in 27 days for the charity Sport Relief.
The comedian who once ran 43 marathons in 52 days for the charity, has decided to run one marathon for each year Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Whoa.
On top of it all, Eddie is also using the exposure to help send a great message as he gave an inspirational speech about coming out as transgender. He shared:
“I use it as a badge of identity. I am a transgender guy who came out 31 years ago… I’ve got boy genetics and girl genetics. We get obsessed by it in humanity. We’ve been obsessed for 5000 years of civilization and people are still being murdered – in Uganda they were trying to sentence people to death.”
The 54-year-old continued:
“No matter what sex or sexuality, how you self-identify, or who you fancy, matters not one whit – what do you do in life? What do you make? What do you add to the human existence? That’s what matters.”
The actor went on to sum up his connection to Mandela and explain his run and hopeful message by saying:
“It all comes back to Nelson Mandela. Try and put something into the world, leave something positive.”
Ch-ch-check out the rest of Izzard’s AH-Mazing speech (below) and let us know if you feel inspired!
If you want to learn more about the actor’s mission or donate to his cause, you can do so HERE!
[Image via BBC.]