Has-been tennis star’s transphobia

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Martina Navratilova tells Daniel Radcliffe to ‘be quiet’ on trans issues.

Harry Potter star and trans ally Daniel Radcliffe to “be quiet” on transgender issues, after an old statement from the actor, in which he defended trans women, resurfaced online.

In 2020, shortly after JK Rowling published her infamous ‘TERF wars’ essay sharing her “concerns” about the trans community, Harry Potter actor Radcliffe joined with LGBTQ+ charity The Trevor Project to stand up for trans women.

“Transgender women are women,” he said in a statement at the time. “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 I.”

Radcliffe doubled down on his comments two years later, telling Indiewire he had “met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter.”

He added: “Seeing them hurt… I wanted them to know that not everybody in the franchise felt that way. That was really important.”

When Radcliffe’s quote resurfaced on Twitter on Monday (2 October), Navratilova, who won 167 singles tournaments, including nine Wimbledon and four US Open titles, during her career, wrote: “Just be quiet, Daniel. Be quiet.”


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