Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon says JK Rowling’s comments were ‘really painful’ for her trans son


Cynthia Nixon is baffled by JK Rowling’s trans comments (Picture: Rex)

Cynthia Nixon has said JK Rowling’s comments about trans people were ‘painful’ for her son.

The actress is mum to 23-year-old Samuel, who is trans and a fan of the author’s Harry Potter book series.

Rowling has come under fire for a series of controversial remarks about the trans community, which started when she took issue with an article that addressed ‘people who menstruate’.

She said: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?

She added: ‘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 writer shared that her experience of domestic abuse made her want to speak out.

The Sex and the City star revealed Samuel was hurt by Rowling’s stance, telling The Independent: ‘It was really painful for him because so much of his childhood was tied up with Harry Potter. 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.’

Rowling has said her experience with domestic abuse made her want to speak out (Picture: Reuters)

Stars of the Harry Potter films, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have since spoke about in support of trans rights, which Cynthia praised.

‘The thing that [Daniel] tried to impart to people was that if you as a queer person or as a non-queer person have found a home in these stories, please don’t let this take that away from you. These are still your stories.’

Rowling has said that her experience with domestic abuse made her want to speak out.

Since then, four writers quit her literary agency in protest, and she handed back her human rights award after her views were denounced.

The Strike writer has been supported by the likes of John Cleese and Jonathan Ross.

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