Daniel Radcliffe is speaking out after J.K. Rowling's controversial gender comments

Daniel Radcliffe is voicing his

support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

just days after J.K. Rowling spurred

a wave of controversy with a series

of comments about gender identity.

The “Harry Potter” star posted the

comments in an open letter shared on June 8.

during which he directly addressed

the fact that Rowling seemed to define

women exclusively as “people who menstruate".

That statement spurned backlash from celebrities

and Twitter users alike, some of whom called the

author’s words “harmful” and “dangerous” .

to transgender and nonbinary people

who may have a gender identity separate

from whether or not they menstruate.

Radcliffe’s message grappled with the response

to Rowling’s words while ensuring fans there was no

“in-fighting” between himself and the “Harry Potter” creator.

The 30-year-old went on to say definitively that “transgender

women are women,” and that “any statement to the contrary

erases the identity and dignity of transgender people”.

he added that he fully supports

readers identifying “Harry Potter”

characters as LGTBQIA+.

“In my opinion nobody can touch that. It means

to you what it means to you and I hope that

these comments will not taint that too much”

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