Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had recently gotten under fire from the LGBT community after some of her comments online had been deemed ‘transphobic' and even Daniel Radcliffe had to release a statement showing his support to the community. Now Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne has something to say about Rowling.
Redmayne had said in a statement to Variety:
"As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand… I disagree with Jo's comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid. I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it's time to let them do so."
We have yet to get any statement from Rowling after the comments from Radcliffe and Redmayne, but ever since the whole issue blew up, she has been adamant in her stance about biological sex.
I'll admit, I'm not the most educated when it comes to the LGBT issues, but reading through Rowling's comments, I'm kind of boiling it down to an issue of miscommunication and overreaction. Based on what Rowling has been saying, I don't think she's seeking to invalidate the gender identities of trans people, but rather she believes that the biological sex of anyone should not be disregarded.
It's a very science-based stance, and Rowling and several people in her camp have a point. I think that the outrage over what Rowling is saying is coming from a place of overreaction and not really taking into account Rowling's true intent with her statements.
Then again, that's just what I understand. I'm sure smarter people have a better handle at this.