Ron Weasley played by Rupert Grint in the Harry Potter franchise has come out in defense of transgender rights, following the controversial comments from JK Rowling.
The rest of the leading trio from the films is now joined by the 31-year-old actor who has spoken out after the author came under fire for invalidating transgender people.
JK Rowling took to Twitter to slam an article for using the phrase “people who menstruate” rather than “women”.
Rupert said in an interview that he firmly stands with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.
Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played titular hero Harry commented on the statement first after which Rupert’s comments came. Emma Watson, who starred as Hermione Granger, also defended trans rights.
Daniel said in part of a lengthy statement to the Trevor Project, which is focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth “Transgender women are women.
Any statement to the contrary instigates in erasing 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.”
Emma tweeted her opinion and 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.
She wants her trans followers to know herself and so many other people around the world see them, respect them, and love them for who they are.”
Noma Dumezweni, 50, who played Hermione in the stage play, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ said “I’m confused.
I may not understand enough as I’m not in a lot of people’s shoes. I need to understand why it’s worse that she wrote that essay when people are asking her to explain what she means.