Emma Watson publicly supported trans rights with a photo that has people both praising and slamming the actress.
Watson, 28, posted a photo of herself on Instagram and Twitter wearing a white T-shirt with the words “Trans Rights are Human Rights.” She also tagged LGBT and transgender advocacy groups in her posts.
This week campaigners in the U.K. are urging the government to revise its Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA). The act allows people with gender dysphoria to legally change their gender. Advocacy groups such as Stonewall want the act to include nonbinary identities and allow individuals to change their legal gender without medical approval.
Watson has been an outspoken feminist and many praised her for including intersectional feminism.
And just like that after tweeting in a real sense of overwhelm and exhaustion begging for non-trans friends to speak up, this comes up on my feed. Thank you very much @EmmaWatson https://t.co/jUwZq59YjW
— Josephine Baird (Josephine Krieg) (@dotty_p) October 18, 2018
She has always been the brightest witch of her age 😍
— Carol Jones 🎈 (@CarolJones_L) October 18, 2018
the future is EMMA WATSON pic.twitter.com/N6CY2T2k2i
— meri 9¾ (@anneweasIey) October 18, 2018
Watson also received backlash from others who had a problem with the “Beauty and the Beast” star being a trans ally.
If you mean that Trans women are ‘women’ in the sense that they present and wish to be perceived by society as women then go ahead and think that, but they aren’t female. Stonewall is lobbying to remove single-sex space exemptions. https://t.co/mxEbS3AGzC have a read of page 8.
— dobbysteacosy (@dobbysteacosy) October 18, 2018
as if anyone *doesn’t* believe that ‘trans rights are human rights’. What many of us disagree with is the notion that men’s human rights allow them to identify ‘as women’ just because they say so. @EmmaWatson
— Meadowswxxt ن (@MrsMeadowsweet) October 18, 2018
TRAs: Emma Watson is a white feminist terf ew
Emma’s PR: shit here we have to do something or men won’t like you and will possibly try to kill you
Emma: *sides with one of the most morally repugnant “charity” out there*
— ellie (@lesleslieknope) October 18, 2018