Days after Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling came under fire from fans over alleged transphobic tweets, another Harry Potter star has spoken out. Evanna Lynch — known for her iconic role as Luna Lovegood — wrote that she was “saddened” by trans members of the HP community feeling left out after the writer’s words hit the web in a lengthy statement on Twitter.
“I imagine that being trans and learning to accept and love yourself is challenging enough and we as a society should not be adding to that pain. Feeling like you don’t fit in or aren’t accepted for who you are the worst, most lonely feelings a human can experience and I won’t be helping to marginalize trans women and men further,” the 28-year-old posted. “I applaud the immense bravery they show in embracing themselves and think we all should listen to their stories, especially as it is Pride month.”
For those who missed it, J.K. received backlash after she retweeted an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” on June 6, 2020, then seemingly defended her initial post in a subsequent Twitter thread.
In her statement, Evanna explained that she doesn’t think Twitter is the place to be having “this very complex conversation” and said she wished that J.K. didn’t “discuss such a delicate topic” online.
“I disagree with her opinion that cis-women are the most vulnerable minority in this situation and I think she’s on the wrong side of this debate. But that doesn’t mean she has completely lost her humanity,” the actress added, addressing the author directly. “I’m so sorry to any trans people who feel that’s been taken away or that this community is no longer that safe place. But the Harry Potter world/fandom/community is literally made up of millions of people now, and I for one will work to make it feel inclusive because trans women are women.”
Here are my thoughts. Sending love to all. ❤️💜💗🧡💛💚🤎🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/P30YHfnzBN
— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) June 9, 2020
As fans know, Evanna’s statement came just one day after Daniel Radcliffe issued a public apology to HP fans on J.K.’s behalf before slamming her words. Taking to the website of The Trevor Project — a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth — the star explained, “While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment.”
“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 continued. “According to The Trevor Project, 78 percent 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.”
The former wizard also made it clear that he and J.K. are not feuding.
“I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now,” he concluded.
Harry Potter actress Katie Leung— known for her role as Cho Chang — also spoke out.
“So, you want my thoughts on Cho Chang? Okay, here goes… (thread),” the actress wrote on Twitter, posting links to petitions and organizations that support the Black trans community.
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