Chaz Bono Speaks About J.K. Rowling’s Transphobia for the First Time

Chaz Bono, the son of icon Cher and a trailblazing transgender actor in his own right, recently sat down with the popular United Kingdom podcast A Gay and a Nongay in a rare interview to discuss rising transphobia in the U.K.

In the episode, which is available Wednesday on all streaming platforms (listen to the full interview below), Bono, a self-confessed Harry Potter fan (he has Hogwarts tattoos on his leg), opened up to cohosts James Barr and Dan Hudson about his thoughts on J.K. Rowling’s recent transphobic tirades on Twitter.

“When the person who writes your favorite series of books about oppressed people decides to start oppressing you, it’s very strange. It doesn’t make any sense,” the American Horror Story star said. “It’s hard to wrap your head around. On a personal note, it just sucked. Politically, it’s dangerous because I don’t think people realize that she’s just regurgitating the same things that people are saying about us, that have been debunked for 30 years. It’s just wrapped up in a new package with a zillion Twitter followers.”

In June, Rowling retweeted an op-ed piece discussing “people who menstruate,” seemingly raising concern that the writers didn’t use the word women. The retweet, which coincided with the start of Pride Month and nationwide protests against systemic racism and discrimination, received backlash and prompted a series of follow-ups to try to explain her views.

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