Daniel Radcliffe apologized to Harry Potter fans for J.K. Rowling’s recent transgender comments.
Radcliffe wrote an essay on The Trevor Project website, which supports at-risk LGBTQ youth. “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,” wrote Radcliffe.
Rowling had commented on a headline that mentions “people who menstruate.” The Harry Potter author wrote on social media, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Radcliffe said he was “deeply sorry” for Rowling’s comments and hopes that what she said doesn’t tarnish their experience with Harry Potter stories. J.K. Rowling came under fire back in December after standing by a woman who was fired for saying people can’t change their gender.
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You can read the full essay here.