Rupert Grint is the latest Harry Potter cast member to speak out about JK Rowing’s recent transgender comments.
“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment. I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers."
Rowling was instantly condemned last Saturday after she posted tweets criticising the phrase, “people who menstruate.” On Wednesday she released a lengthy blog post defending her position, which was instantly denounced, too.
Rowling wrote, “I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal [i.e. cisgender] girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman … then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.”
Not only were Rowling’s comments attacked, but the timing of them, too, as they came on the day of the biggest Black Lives Matter protests yet, and during Pride Month.
It’s not just cast members that have called out Rowling, though, as Steve Kloves, who wrote seven out of the eight Harry Potter movies, released his own statement to Variety.
“Our diversity is our strength. In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that transgender women and men, and people who are non-binary, feel safe and accepted for who they are. It seems very little to ask.”