After JK Rowling’s most recent bout of transphobia, Daniel Radcliffe spoke against her. (As did Eddie Redmayne and Evanna Lynch.) It was a good statement as far as I can tell.
And it got me thinking about how when I was in school, there was this one teacher who hated Daniel Radcliffe. Like, she would go out of her way to talk about how much she hated him. (He was a little younger than us, her students.) It made me so uncomfortable and it took me a while to work out why. It wasn’t because I loved Harry Potter – I did back then – it was because grown adults should not have hatred for innocent children. And it was also because grown adults should not be pushing their hatred for innocent children onto other innocent children, especially not in a school setting, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.
Anyway. Now Radcliffe is out there standing up for other innocent children, namely trans ones, and I could not be prouder of him. Oh man, dude went through so much shit at the hands of people like my teacher he ended up an alcoholic even. But here he is.
Thanks Dan. SO many adults in my life ended up letting me down, especially with regards to LGBT issues. SO MANY. Turns out I should have been looking more towards people my own age maybe. DanRad, if you get sick of the acting thing maybe consider becoming a teacher.