Following the controversial comments made by ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling on transgender women, “Harry Potter’ actor Daniel Radcliffe has responded by criticizing the author in a piece that was published for LGBTQ+ youth non-profit The Trevor Project. Redcliffe wrote in the essay that he felt “compelled to say something at this moment”, and he began by saying perhaps the most important notion of all: “Transgender women are women”.
“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.” – he continued.
J.K. Rowling has been facing backlash for making “anti-trans comments” on Twitter after an article written for Devex used the phrase “people who menstruate”.
This is what Rowling tweeted on Saturday:
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Even though the author posted several tweets afterward in which she tried to defend and explain her earlier, her statement had already gone viral, and many people and organizations condemned her comments, including GLAAD.
If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 7, 2020
Radcliffe wrote in the essay that 78 percent of trans and non-binary youth have reported they’ve been discriminated against due to their gender identity, and it’s clear that we need to do more to support trans and non-binary people, not cause further harm and invalidate their identities.
The 30-year-old “Harry Potter” actor acknowledged that media may paint his statement as a “fight” between himself and J.K. Rowling, but he made it clear that Rowling as “unquestionably responsible” for the course of his life and career. However, he felt he had to speak out.
“As someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment.
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.” – he concluded.