Daniel Radcliffe after JK Rowling controversy: 'Transgender women are women'

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
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  • Daniel Radcliffe felt "compelled" to speak up after J.K. Rowling's controversial comments despite their relationship.
  • Over the weekend the Harry Potter author tweeted comments that resulted in GLAAD responding: "In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people."
  • Now, in a lengthy article for The Trevor Project, the actor writes: "It's clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm."

Daniel Radcliffe is speaking up amid the controversy surrounding Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.

The 54-year-old writer made headlines over the weekend after sharing tweets targeted at the transgender community. She commented on an article titled Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate and wrote: "'People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

After receiving backlash for her comment, she tweeted: "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."

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Now, Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, has responded to the author's comments in a lengthy essay published on The Trevor Project – a non-profit organisation dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ people, according to Variety.

The actor said he felt "compelled" to say something, despite his relationship with the author.

"Transgender women are women," he said. "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."

He shared a link from the website – a Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth – saying: "I am still learning how to be a better ally."

He added: "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.

He concluded: "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."   

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