Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe responded to author J.K. Rowling’s transphobic tweet on June 8 in an essay published by The Trevor Project

Radcliffe opened by 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.”

He went on to use statistics in his argument. He stated, “According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”

Radcliffe ended the article with a heartfelt message to Harry Potter fans, “To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you. If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And 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.”

Rowling had been criticized for a transphobic tweet that she posted on June 6 where she not only excluded transgender women, but also women who do not menstruate. She tweeted, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?  Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”

The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention for the LGBTQ youth community. It provides a toll-free telephone number that is confidential and offers trained counselors for its callers.