‘Queer Eye’: Jonathan Van Ness Reveals Why He Had to Speak out Against J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Remarks

Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye explained why J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans remarks were so damaging during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Jonathan Van Ness from 'Queer Eye'
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A viewer sent a question asking Van Ness about his response to Rowling. But also asking why her comments were harmful and what could the community do to help Black trans women.

Rowling made anti-trans remarks in response to the article, “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” Her comments came six months after tweeting support for a researcher who was fired for making anti-trans comments on Twitter.

Van Ness points out that Rowling has chronically made anti-trans remarks

Van Ness pointed out during the After Show that Rowling has sided with those who oppress transgender people. “Basically just questioning the validity of trans people’s gender identities,” he said.

“To be honest, her idea of gender and her fears around the idea of gender are rooted in white supremacy, and they have been for a really long time,” he continued. “And because her feminism is not intersectional. Meaning that if you’re a trans woman, she does not believe that you deserve the same rights and protections that a cisgender woman does.”

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Adding, “So, she’s really hung up on the biology and really hung up on the binary of biology, which also really omits people who are intersex. The biology of sex is not binary, there are intersex folks.”

He shared why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important

Van Ness pointed to the protests and passion behind Black Lives Matter. “So, I think really in the meantime, because the Black Lives Matter movement is so important and is rightly taking this moment to really draw people’s attention. But also Black trans people are extra targeted and extra marginalized.” Bobby Berk delivered the show’s “Moment of Mazel.” He shared that the Fab Five donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Foundation in support of Black trans women.

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“And to take this time, on a platform like J. K Rowling, to spread this kind of transphobic vitriol and sew this kind of discord, I just think it’s so disappointing,” Van Ness said. “So, I think in the meantime, it’s about donating to The Okra Project. I think it’s about donating to organizations that are doing the work on the ground to help people that really need it. So, it’s just so disheartening to talk about J. K. Rowling when we’ve lost three Black trans lives like this week. Or in the last two weeks.”

Karamo Brown also applauded Bravo’s decision to fire four Vanderpump Rules cast members for racist actions. “Andy, by the way, kudos to you for standing up and doing the right thing with Vanderpump Rules,” he said to Cohen. Cohen, however, said the decision to fire cast members was Bravo’s as he’s not an executive producer of the show. “Whoever did, Bravo to them,” Brown added. The network also fired Pete Hunziker from Below Deck Mediterranean for sharing a racist and violent meme.