Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Enrages Fans with Transphobic Tweets

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By Nobelle Borines | More Articles Hoarder of Fantasy Books and Stephen King Wannabe
June 07, 2020  10:09 AM

Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling is attracting the wrong kind of attention after she made anti-trans comments on social media.

Rowling recently took to Twitter to share an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” Interestingly, the author then added a caption claiming that there is a proper term for “people who menstruate.”

“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling wrote.

Not surprisingly, fans immediately pointed out that the tweet was anti-trans since transgender people, non-binary people and gender-nonconforming people can also menstruate. Rowling then followed up her tweet with some criticism on the idea that someone’s biological sense isn’t real.

“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,” Rowling wrote.

“The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense,” she concluded.

Rowling's tweets have since been criticized by netizens and even the LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD responded to the writer's comments.

For now, Rowling has yet to issue a statement about her tweets. She is currently encouraging children to submit illustrations inspired by her upcoming fairy tale The Ickabog.

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