“Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe has sharply criticized controversial responses from author J.K. Rowling. In a piece released Monday for LGBTQ youth nonprofit The Trevor Project, Radcliffe reported he felt “compelled to say anything at this second.”
“Transgender ladies are gals,” Radcliffe wrote. “Any assertion to the opposite erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes versus all suggestions presented by expert health care associations who have considerably far more skills on this matter matter than both Jo or I.”
Rowling confronted backlash above the weekend forcreating “anti-trans comments”on Twitter. She took issue with the phrase “persons who menstruate” in an short article written for Devex.
“‘People who menstruate.’ I am certain there utilised to be a term for individuals persons,” Rowling tweeted Saturday night. “An individual aid me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Rowling posted an extra sequence of tweets Saturday night trying to protect and explain her previously, by-then-viral assertion.
Organizations these types of as GLAAD condemned Rowling’s reviews:
Citing studies compiled by The Trevor Undertaking, Radcliffe pointed out that “seventy eight% of transgender and nonbinary youth documented staying the topic of discrimination owing to their gender identification.” He also connected to assets for individuals fascinated in becoming improved allies of transgender and non-binary youth.
Concluding his piece, Radcliffe apologized to followers for Rowling’s remarks, significantly if they negatively impacted the way folks affiliate with the Harry Potter series.
“If these guides taught you that like is the strongest drive in the universe, able of overcoming everything if they taught you that toughness is uncovered in diversity, and that dogmatic strategies of pureness direct to the oppression of susceptible teams if you believe that a individual character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are homosexual or bisexual if you identified anything at all in these tales that resonated with you and served you at any time in your daily life — then that is concerning you and the e-book that you read, and it is sacred,” Radcliffe wrote.
Rowling has yet to answer to Radcliffe.