‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling under fire for ‘Transphobic’ tweets

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is in hot water again with social media users and transgender activists over controversial tweets.

On Saturday, the British writer commented on an op-ed about healthcare inequality that used the phrase “people who menstruate” to be more inclusive. “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” she tweeted.



Despite receiving immediate backlash, Rowling doubled down, stating that “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 doesn’t hate to speak the truth.”

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,” she added. “I’d march with you if you were discriminated against based on being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

The LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD replied to the comments, saying Rowling “continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.”

Good for J.K. Rowling for being bold enough to speak the truth and defend the rights of every person at the same time. It definitely takes courage and conviction to speak your mind when you know you will be viciously attacked.

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