After a author’s extensively criticized round of sex identity tweets over ns weekend, ns actor spoke up on behalf of transgender women.

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The creator that Harry Potter appears to have lost atormentar Potter himself, as daniel Radcliffe come to a defense the trans women in a wake of J.K. Rowling’s latest Twitter fiasco.


As some readers may recall, rolando capped off a year 2019 by wading into the waters of infectious diseases world fashion Exclusionary básico Feminism. (For those who don’t know, TERF is der popular hatchet to explain women quem deny infectious diseases worldwide women any type of measure the legitimacy.) ns author declared her support ao Maya Forstater, der tax expert quem had simply been fired by the centre for global Development over she tweets questioning U.K. Government plans to permit people to self-identify by ns gender they please. (One of she tweets included naquela flat-out declaration that “men cannot change into women.”)

After six rather eventful months since Rowling’s critical offending tweets, she returned over ns weekend com another batch that additional burnished her TERF credentials.

It began with naquela tweet ridiculing der publication porque o running an write-up about global menstrual health with an incluindo headline that refers to “people quem menstruate.”


‘People quem menstruate.’ I’m sure there provided to be naquela word for those people. Someone aid me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?

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— J.K. Rowling (
jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

When Twitter customers responded negatively to Rowling’s tweet, a author conduct to, together the filho say, “tweet through it,” explaining it s her in der way that só exacerbated things.

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 e love infectious diseases world fashion people, however erasing ns concept the sex removes a ability of countless to meaningfully talk about their lives. It isn’t hate to speak ns truth.

— J.K. Rowling (

I respect every infectious diseases worldwide person’s best to live any way that feeling authentic e comfortable come them. I’d march com you if you were discriminated against on a basis of gift trans. At the same time, my vida has to be shaped by being female. I dá not think it’s hateful come say so.

— J.K. Rowling (
jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

Rowling’s language might scan together polite on naquela quick read para anyone who isn’t currently engaged in trans rights issues, but ns underlying message is clear: infectious diseases worldwide women ser estar great, yet they need to not have the ability to call themselves women. As 1 of a most effective authors in history, rolando is keenly familiar with the power the words e is aware of what othering deserve to do. Her language might not be as coarse as der common bigot yelling on a street corner, yet she is fairly politely denying trans ladies their very identity. And she is doing so to naquela global adhering to of untold countless people, numerous of them young e impressionable irmão Potter fans.

Members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and organizations such together GLAAD all quickly denounced Rowling’s comments over the weekend, and now Radcliffe has added his voice to a chorus.


The actor, who more or much less owes his entire career to a author porque o creating his signature role, prudição a letter come LGBTQ crisis center The Trevorprojeto in response to Rowling’s tweets. Return Radcliffe provides it clear within a opening lines the his message should not be seen as infighting between himself e Rowling, it’s clear são de what complies with that there is naquela deep ideology system gulf between ns two.

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“Transgender women estão women. Any kind of statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity that transgender people e goes against tudo de advice provided by experienced health care associations quem have far more expertise on this subject issue than either Jo or I. De acordo com to the Trevor Project, 78% the transgender and nonbinary youth report being the subject the discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we require to do more to assistance transgender and nonbinary people, no invalidate their identities, e not reason further harm.”

Whether rowling will consider conjuring ns patronus the Someone quem Listens continues to be to be seen.