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Bill Maher vs. transgender people

Bill Maher is an American comedian and anti-transgender activist.


William “Bill” Maher was born on January 20, 1956 in New York City. Maher earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1978 and began a comedy career in 1979.

Maher hosted the panel show Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher on Comedy Central from 1993 to 1997 and on ABC from 1997 to 2002. In 2003 Maher began hosting the weekly show Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

Maher has platformed many anti-trans figures over the course of the HBO show, including:

  • Steve Bannon
  • Roseanne Barr
  • Andrew Breitbart
  • Pat Buchanan
  • Dinesh D’Souza
  • Richard Dawkins *
  • Ron DeSantis
  • Ross Douthat *
  • Vivek Ramaswamy
  • Ralph Reed *
  • Hanna Rosin
  • Dave Rubin
  • Matt Taibbi ***
  • Chloe Valdary


  • [no asterisk] >5 appearances
  • * = 5+ appearances
  • ** = 10+ appearances
  • *** = 15+ appearances
  • **** = 20+ appearances

Maher has had a far smaller number of trans-supportive guests. Maher has had trans guests, including:

  • Janet Mock
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Elliot Page
  • Chaz Bono


GLAAD (May 21, 2022). GLAAD Responds to ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ Segment ‘Along for the Pride.’

Tapper, Jake (March 1, 2023). Maher: ‘Woke’ community wants to ‘shut down debate’ around transgender issues. CNN

Joseph A. Wulfsohn (January 21, 2023). Bill Maher says Biden admin ‘all-in’ on trans indoctrination of kids

Gabriel Hays (September 4, 2023) Bill Maher tells Joe Rogan gender surgeries are harmful, claims kids turn trans to say ‘f— you’ to parents. Fox News

Molly Jong-Fast (May 26, 2022). Bill Maher Isn’t a Liberal Anymore. The Atlantic

Bill Maher takes on Trans kids in sports, gender affirming surgery in debate with Neil Degrasse Tyson. The Hill

(August 6, 2023). Bill Maher interviews Riley Gaines to discuss the Transgender movement in sports, including penis sizes. Marca

Vakil, Caroline (May 21, 2022). Maher says increase in those identifying as LGBT partly attributed to being ‘trendy’The Hill

Wakefield, Lily (May 21, 2022). Bill Maher says US is ‘experimenting on kids’ and ‘everyone will be gay by 2054’PinkNews

GLAAD (April 19, 2021). Medical Association Statements Supporting Trans Youth Healthcare and Against Discriminatory Bills.


Maher, Bill (May 20, 2022). New Rule: Along for the Pride. Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO).


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