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Daniel Radcliffe responds to JK Rowling amid Harry Potter author's transphobia backlash

Daniel Radcliffe responds to JK Rowling amid Harry Potter author's transphobia backlash

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has responded to JK Rowling’s controversial tweets and apologised to fans who feel the author has “tarnished” the popular series.

Radcliffe has worked with LGBTQ suicide prevention charity website,The Tevor Project for more than 10 years and “felt compelled to say something at this moment”.

“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote in a lengthy essay.

“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,” Radcliffe said.

Daniel Radcliffe.

Radcliffe said that 78 per cent of transgender and non binary people have been discriminated against on the basis on 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,” Radcliffe said.

He added: “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.”

His comments come after Rowling was accused of transphobia over a series of tweets commenting on a headline that read “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate”.

Rowling tweeted: “People who menstruate. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

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“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. 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. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” Rowling said.

“The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — ie, to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense.”

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Rowling quickly faced backlash from Potter fans and prominent queer activists and organisations and went on to deny the allegations made against her.

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans,” she said.

In December last year, she also came under fire for supporting Maya Forstater, a researcher who was fired for saying "Men cannot change into women".