If there is one person who keeps disappointing us periodically, it’s JK Rowling. Her anti-trans comments, especially when the situation in the United States is already unstable, sparked a massive outrage against the author.
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However, thankfully most of the actors associated with the franchise have started to negate her statement. After Daniel Radcliffe, UN ambassador Emma Watson has also spoken in support of trans rights. She said, “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are," Emma wrote.
She added, “I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”
Watson also shared the names of two organisations, Mermaid and Mama Cash, that work to spread awareness and assistance for trans people.
Previously, the chosen one himself, Daniel Radcliffe also commented on the matter saying, “Transgender women are women. 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...It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”
Fantastic Beasts star, Eddie Redmayne also issued a statement to Variety and said he was disappointed in Rowling’s transphobic comments. “As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”