Actor and activist Cynthia Nixon has spoken out against Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s transphobic comments, saying they have been “really painful” for her trans son Samuel Mozes.
Openly queer Nixon announced two years ago that Mozes had come out as trans.
Rowling has been under fire since last year for a series of tweets and essays targeting trans people.
The author drew widespread ire in December after tweeting that “sex is real” while insinuating that trans women are not women.
She has since doubled down on anti-trans statements.
Rowling made headlines again this year over her disagreement with the gender-neutral term ‘people who menstruate’ to describe people who menstruate.
She suggested that a better term for this group, which excludes many women but includes some trans men among others, would be ‘women’.
Nixon said that Rowling’s statements have been upsetting for Mozes, 23, who grew up as a fan of the Harry Potter series, Pink News has reported.
“It was really painful for him because so much of his childhood was tied up with Harry Potter,” she said.
“We’re a Harry Potter family.
“The books seem to be about championing people who are different, so for her to select this one group of people who are obviously different and sort of deny their existence, it’s just… it’s really baffling.
“I know she feels like she’s standing up for feminism, but I don’t get it.”
An early review of Rowling’s new book, Troubled Blood, suggests its subtext is also transphobic.
“One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress,” reads the review.
Actors distancing themselves
Lead actors involved in the Harry Potter franchise have publicly spoken out against Rowling’s transphobia.
“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,” tweeted Emma Watson during the ‘people who menstruate’ debacle.
Watson has been vocally supportive of the trans community and was famously photographed in a ‘trans rights are human rights’ shirt.
She has said that she donates to UK trans youth charity Mermaids.
Co-star Rupert Grint also said that he “firmly [stands] with the trans community”.
“We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment,” he posted.
Daniel Radcliffe echoed the other young actors’ sentiments earlier this year in a statement.
“Transgender women are women,” he said.
“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 [Rowling] or I.
“It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and non-binary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”
Radcliffe apologised for Rowling’s remarks and said he hoped fans could still take pleasure and meaning from the series.
“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,” he said.
“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.”