LONDON — “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe has actually spoken up in assistance of transgender rights, encountering the hit series’ author J.K. Rowling.
“Transgender women are women,” composed Radcliffe, 30, in an individual essay, countering at Rowling’s earlier remarks condemned by lots of LGBT+ activists as transphobic.
“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 composed in the essay released late Monday.
Radcliffe published his views on the site of the Trevor Project, a U.S. based non-profit that supports young LGBTQ+ individuals, consisting of with suicide avoidance.
His remarks followed the British author, who has a big social networks following, tweeted remarks buffooning a heading that mentioned “people who menstruate.”
“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling composed.
The author’s posts triggered a wave of criticism, consisting of from popular gay rights companies, which implicated her of being a “TERF,” an acronym for a “transgender exclusionary radical feminist.”
Rowling countered at critics, stating that “woman-hate is eternal.”
Radcliffe required more assistance for transgender and nonbinary individuals, and for society not to “invalidate their identities.”
Sparkle, a U.K.-based transgender charity, informed NBC News that it invited Radcliffe’s remarks.
“It’s important to remember that J.K. Rowling is part of a vocal minority, overwhelmingly white, whose opinions are completely out of step,” stated Lee Clatworthy, acting chair of Sparkle.
Clatworthy likewise highlighted the predicament of “black trans people who have been discriminated against” in the middle of continuous worldwide demonstrations, triggered by the authorities killing of George Floyd.
On Saturday, Rowling additional described her views in a series of tweets.
“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,” Rowling composed, including that she had actually been “empathetic to trans people for decades.”
Radcliffe acknowledged that Rowling was “unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken” however stated he felt forced to speak up.
He stated he hoped the author’s remarks would not “taint” the viewpoints of fans of the popular books and films, which taught that “love is the strongest force in the universe,” he stated.
“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,” he composed.
Rowling has yet to talk about Radcliffe’s essay nor have any of his popular co-stars, Emma Watson or Rupert Grint.
Radcliffe’s remarks were, nevertheless, invited by Human Rights Campaign, the biggest U.S. LGBTQ civil liberties company, which tweeted: “Harry Potter himself affirms, ‘Transgender women are women.’ 1 million points to Gryffindor!”
Meanwhile, U.S. evolutionary biologist and author, Heather Heying tweeted: “Daniel Radcliffe’s statement erases the identity and dignity of women.”
Author Rowling has actually formerly come under fire for her views on LGBT+ concerns.
In December, she tweeted her assistance of Maya Forstater, a British scientist who lost her task following a series of tweets that were slammed as transphobic.
While Rowling has actually likewise been slammed for belatedly including a gay relationship, headmaster Albus Dumbledore, to her “Harry Potter” books after the books were released — an action readers term “RetCon” or “retroactive continuity” that some stated felt inauthentic.
Thomson Reuters Foundation added to this report.