Actor Daniel Radcliffe is doubling down with his support of the transgender community, specifically implying that kids who believe they are transgender should be affirmed.
The 33-year-old “Harry Potter” alum made the comments while moderating the first episode of “Sharing Space,” a new roundtable series produced by The Trevor Project.
The room was filled with trans-identifying individuals discussing their experiences of “discovering” they were a different gender from a young age.
“I learned from, you know, out of the cradle … that I was a boy,” one panelist named Dayley explained. “That I should like blue, I should like sports, I should be manly, I should like superheroes … and I just never associated myself with those things. And we are told that we’re not old enough to know this yet.”
“Like, I mean, I’m only 11 years old,” Dayley continued. “How do I know I’m a girl? I need more time to think about this.”
“But there are also people who do have a slightly condescending but well-meaning attitude of like, ‘Well, like, people are young and how do we, you know, that is a huge decision …’” Radcliffe replied. He addressed the gathered group and said, “I’d love to hear from all of you about why we can trust kids to tell us who they are.”
“I don’t think we give children enough credit for coming into this world and having a sense of purity and understanding for themselves,” one person told the group, who all nodded along with this idea.
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“There are some people in the world who are not trying to engage with this conversation in any kind of good faith. I think a lot of the time it’s just ’cause people don’t know a young trans person,” Radcliffe added.
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He also admitted to having a “little problem” with the word “ally,” which is the term used for people who aren’t included in the LGBTQ acronym but express support for those who are.
“I said this to you all earlier, about my weird little problems with the word ‘ally’ – just because anytime you hear somebody self-refer to themselves as an ally, I’m always like, ‘I’m suspicious of you,’” he said. “But there is an original meaning to that word, and there [are] some people who embody that very powerfully.”
The “Harry Potter” star has spoken on the transgender issue multiple times since author J.K. Rowling became one of the most famous figures to publicly oppose radical transgender activism.
“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 healthcare associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo [Rowling] or [me],” Radcliffe said at the time.
“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.”