Daniel Radcliffe disagrees with the recent transphobic statements of writer J.K. Rowling. “Trans women are women. Any statement that claims otherwise erases the identity and dignity of transgender people, ”writes the Harry Potter– actor in an extensive post on the website of The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to the LGBTQ community.
Harry Potter– writer J.K. Rowling has a rather strange relationship with Twitter. Sometimes the British manages to put other people beautifully in place in a witty way, but sometimes it is also the other way around. And that’s exactly what’s going on now.
“Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?“
J.K. Rowling shared an article on her profile. The article is entitled “Creating a post-Covid-19 for people who are menstruating”. All very beautiful, were it not for the fact that she wrote above that there is “a word for people who are menstruating”. “Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?“
So women. But that is not entirely correct. And that was also massively responded to the post of the writer. Because with her comment she makes it clear that, for example, she does not see trans women as women, because they do not menstruate.
The reverse also applies. Some trans men do menstruate, but they don’t feel like women at all. With her simple remark, Rowling also does not take into account women in their menopause, because they no longer menstruate
Not just any fight
The writer tried to defend herself against the comments, but actually made it worse. And now Daniel Radcliffe has also proved the driving force behind his most famous character. He expressed his opinion on the website of The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to the LGBTQ community.
“I understand that various media will portray this as a kind of fight between J.K. Rowling and myself ”, Harry Potter begins himself his story. “But that’s not at all what this is about, nor what is important now.”
“Although Jo is undoubtedly responsible for the direction my life has taken, as someone who is honored to and will continue to work with The Trevor Project, and just as a person, I still feel obliged to say something now. ”
“Trans women are women. Any statement that claims otherwise erases the identity and dignity of transgender people, and goes against all advice from professional health organizations, who have far more expertise on the subject than both Jo and I, ”Radcliffe writes.
According to data from The Trevor Project, 78 percent of young trans people are discriminated against based on their gender identity. “Obviously we need to do more to support those people, not invalidate their identities and get them into even more trouble.”
“To anyone who now feels that their experiences with the books have been compromised or weakened, I am very sorry that these comments have caused that pain,” writes Daniel Radcliffe. “I really hope you don’t lose what was important to you in the stories.”
“If the books taught you that love was the strongest force in the universe, that overcame everything; if they have taught you that you can find strength in diversity and that dogmatic ideas of purity can lead to the suppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a certain character is a transgender, or queer, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you had the feeling that anything in the stories reflected your experiences – it is between you and the book you are reading, and that is sacred. ”
“And I don’t think anyone can affect that. It means to you what it means to you, and I hope these comments won’t make it too harsh, ”concludes Harry Potteractor off.