Rupert Grint Slams Rowling’s Statements On Trans People

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Rupert Grint, most known for his portrayal of Ronald Weasley in the Harry Potter films, has joined his fellow castmates in denouncing J.K. Rowling’s statements against trans people in a new interview.

“I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers. Trans women are women. Trans men are men,” said Grint to The Sunday Times. “We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.”

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These comments from Grint come following his fellow Harry Potter castmates Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson who both recently spoke against Rowling’s comments on trans people.

In a series of short series tweets shared last week, Watson wrote:

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.

In a second tweet, the actress shared how she made a donation to Mermaids UK and Mama Cash which are two organizations that advocate for trans rights. Additionally, Watson replied to the tweet sharing her wishes of a happy 2020 pride to her followers.

In a statement from Grint’s former cast-mate Daniel Radcliffe, he shared his own support for the trans community, writing:

“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. 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.”

J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe
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Radcliffe also went on to express condolences to Harry Potter fans hurt by Rowling’s remarks, writing:

“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.”

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