DANIEL RADCLIFFE Supports Trans Community Following JK ROWLING Controversy
Karen Jane Ng
The author of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, was recently under fire for her series of tweets which were deemed transphobic. LGBTQ advocates pointed out that her statements invalidate identities of trans women because they do not meet the definition of the female sex as "people who menstruate".
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
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If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Responding to Rowling's comments, the star of the Harry Potter movies - Daniel Radcliffe - wrote an essay for Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.
The actor began by saying that this isn't about pitting him and JK against each other and acknowledging her contribution to his career. However, he feels "compelled to say something at this moment."
"Transgender women are women," Daniel wrote. "Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.
"According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm."
Admist this, Daniel hopes the lessons from the Harry Potter series will remain with fans. "To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you.
"If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."