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”