Harry Potter star speaks out against author JK Rowling
One of the stars from the Harry Potter franchise has spoken out against author JK Rowling following controversy from a series of tweets she posted regarding trans women.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the titular character, penned an open letter on the Trevor Project website, stating that while Rowling was “unquestionably responsible” that “he felt compelled to say something.”
JK Rowling has been trending on and off ever since 2020 after making comments to Twitter in which she argued that discussing gender identity negates biological sex.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” the author wrote. “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.”
Radcliffe penned the letter back in 2020 and has been publicly vocal of his support for the LGBTQ+ community, especially trans men and women, since he shot to fame following his lead role.
Explaining why the spoke out, Radcliffe told IndieWired: “The reason I was felt very, very much as though I needed to say something when I did was because, particularly since finishing ‘Potter,’ I’ve met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter on that. And so seeing them hurt on that day I was like, I wanted them to know that not everybody in the franchise felt that way. And that was really important.”
“It was really important as I’ve worked with the Trevor Project for more than 10 years, and so I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything,” he added. “But it’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head.”
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