Daniel Radcliffe speaks for trans rights after JK Rowling's insensitive tweets

Daniel Radcliffe speaks for trans rights after JK Rowling's insensitive tweets

"To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished, I am deeply sorry," said the actor
09 Jun, 2020

Star of the Harry Potter franchise Daniel Radcliffe spoke in support of trans rights after tweets from author J.K Rowling created massive uproar on social media.

Rowling was caller out for her transphobic comments after a headline discussing 'people who menstruate', where she said, "I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

Her tweet was deemed insensitive to transgender, non-binary and non-gender conforming people who also menstruate, however who are generally dismissed from important conversations. However, this isn't the first time the author has found herself in the middle of a controversy like this; only last year she came into scrutiny for her regressive statements on sexual identity.

In response, the boy who lived wrote a heartfelt response through The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention charity.

"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," said Radcliffe.

"According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and non-binary 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 non-binary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm."

He admitted to still learning how to be a better ally, and apologised on his behalf for the pain the words must have caused.

"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, non-binary, 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," he continued.

"It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."

You can read the entire note here.


Saira khan Jun 09, 2020 06:19pm
HP franchise is probably 10% of the UK economy. She knows how much power she holds.
Salazar Jun 10, 2020 03:20am
Daniel you don't need to apologize for a misinformed person. She wrote the books, you acted, two different thing. No onus on ya bud.