JK Rowling's tweets on transgender people spark outrage

Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Draws Backlash for Anti Transgender Tweets

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It begun when the author tweeted an article titled "Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate". Someone help me out.

Survivor's first trans contestant, Zeke Smith, replied to the author writing, "Hi!" What about trans men and non-binary folks who menstruate? "Stop being an asshole!"

J.K. Rowling has been called anti-transgender for her recent tweets.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Van Ness also took to Twitter to express his disappointment, highlighting that this is literally the worst time for bad tweets, too.

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"She has such a powerful voice".

"For those accusing her of transphobia", he continued, "please read what she wrote". It is damaging and sad and makes zero sense. When she's not trying to win brownie points with the gay community for half-hearted representation or perpetuating racism with her follow-up works, she's busy outing herself as a complete TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist). "What is she so f--ing afraid of?"

"While most identify as either female or male, there are intersex and trans individuals whose identities are just as valid and real". "But force women out of jobs for stating that sex is real?" The author said "erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn't hate to speak the truth", she wrote.

In 2018, Rowling faced flak for liking a tweet that called trans women "men in dresses".

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Several other big names directly spoke out to condemn Rowling's statements. You can see the backlash the Harry Potter author received below, including from some vocal celebrities who found it shocking that the author stated such comments during a time where black trans rights and representation are at the forefront of the conversation.

"As white supremacy and its bedfellows sexism, classism and fascism are being loudly challenged on the streets, it seems remarkable to be reheating tepid, essentialist arguments against trans people", English told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Anthony Rapp used the opportunity to promote GLAAD and some organizations that support Black trans people.

Cara English of Gendered Intelligence, a UK-based trans rights organisation, said Rowling's timing in rekindling this debate at such a turbulent time in the fight for equality was "remarkable". I'd march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.

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Amid a series of cascading tinderbox issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, decided Saturday (June 6) was the flawless time to tweet about trans folk - less than a week into LGBT+ Pride Month.

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