As the world battles a pandemic and fights for racial equality, J.K. Rowling published a series of transphobic tweets on Saturday. Two days later, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe responded to her comments via The Trevor Project's website and sent a clear message: "Transgender women are women."
Daniel acknowledges that J.K. Rowling is "unquestionably responsible" for the course his life has taken, but as a contributor to The Trevor Project and "as a human being," he felt an urgency to speak out. "Transgender women are women," he wrote. "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."
"I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you."
Daniel continued by citing a Trevor Project statistic, that 78 percent of transgender and nonbinary youth reported 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 explained.
He made sure to speak directly to fans of J.K. Rowling's series who might feel particularly targeted by her tweets. "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. I really hope that you don't entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you."
"If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that," he said. "It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."