Harry Potter actress Katie Leung breaks silence on JK Rowling transphobia row

JK Rowling has found herself at the centre of a transphobia storm after voicing her views on gender and sex.

JK Rowling has found herself at the centre of a transphobia storm after voicing her views on gender and sex.

And the cast of Harry Potter have mostly kept silent on her controversial views – until now.

Actress Katie Leung, who played Cho Chang in the films, has broken her silence with a thread about racism.
Cho has proved a controversial character because of her stereotypically Asian name and the racist tropes about Asian women that she represents in the books.
When Rowling’s name began to trend on Saturday night after her rant, Katie used the moment to draw her followers in with a post about Cho.

So, you want my thoughts on Cho Chang? Okay, here goes…(thread),” Katie tweeted.

But Katie had actually cleverly lured Twitter users in because the thread wasn’t about Rowling at all.

Instead she shared several links to petitions and fundraisers in support of black LGBT people.
Katie finished the post with the hashtag #AsiansForBlackLives.

It comes after Rowling faced huge backlash for tweeting about sex based oppression.
She posted: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.

“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.
“The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women – ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is a nonsense.

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.
“At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

She then tweeted her objection to the phrase “people who menstruate”.
Rowling has been accused of transphobia for her views, with many pointing out that gender and sex are two different things.

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