Daniel Radcliffe responds to JK Rowling’s tweets: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people” https://t.co/AoEVprPWcp— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9, 2020
Daniel Radcliffe penned a post for The Trevor Project, a charity he has long been associated with, to push back against JK Rowling's anti-trans remarks this past weekend. Some choice quotes:
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. According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary 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 nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.
He also recognizes that he basically owes his life as it is to JK Rowling, but that he still felt compelled to say something. He also hopes people that cherish the HP books will continue to hold onto what the books meant to them.
I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now. While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment.