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Daniel Radcliffe Takes Trans Allyship To New Heights In New Web Series

Daniel Radcliffe Takes Trans Allyship To New Heights In New Web Series

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He said trans rights!

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Daniel Radcliffe became an instant star when he took on the role of Harry Potter at age 11. While the actor himself remains beloved thanks in part to his steadfast allyship to the LGBTQ+ community, that character was unfortunately created by and is forever associated with the author and proud TERF JK Rowling. This makes it especially heartening to see Radcliffe’s latest project, hosting the first episode of Sharing Space, the new video series from the nonprofit The Trevor Project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the program features roundtable conversations with LGBTQ youth moderated by adult allies.

In the first episode, which drops on The Trevor Project’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. ET, March 31, in celebration of the Transgender Day of Visibility, Radcliffe sits down with a group of trans and nonbinary kids to talk about their lives and experiences.

“We listen to so many people talk about trans youth and hear them talked about so often in the news, but very rarely do we actually hear from these youth directly,” Radcliffe said in a statement. “It was an absolute privilege to get to meet and listen to this incredible group of young people. At the end of the day, if you’re going to talk about trans kids, it might be useful to actually listen to trans kids.”

Radcliffe has long been involved with The Trevor Project; he was even the recipient of the Trevor Hero Award in 2011 and has filmed a PSA for the group, focusing on its free, confidential crisis services.

This episode marks the first in a series, which will be released quarterly and will focus on a different theme each time, with a different panel and host.

“Our goal in developing this kind of content is to turn the microphone toward LGBTQ young people themselves and let them speak directly about their lives, which they know best,” The Trevor Project’s Megan Stowe said. “LGBTQ young people, particularly transgender and nonbinary youth, are routinely forced to stand by and watch adults debate their very existence and life experiences. Our society has created boxes that young people are expected to fit into when we should be giving them the space and autonomy to figure out who they are on their own. That’s why it’s so important that we continue to amplify young LGBTQ voices that are so often silenced and work towards creating a safer, more accepting world where they can thrive just as they are.”

Sharing Spaces - Episode 1: Daniel Radcliffe premieres March 31 on YouTube. Watch the trailer below.

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.