Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling cops backlash for insensitive Tweets about trans community

Daniel Radcliffe has even weighed in!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has found herself in some hot water - after sharing some Tweets which have since offended the trans community.

Taking to Twitter, Rowling shared an article - followed by a series of tweets in which she stated that discussion of gender identity invalidates biological sex.

The article she shared addressed period poverty amid the coronavirus pandemic, however the Harry Potter author revealed she was unhappy with the use of the phrase “people who menstruate.”

“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” she tweeted to her 14.5 million followers. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

In the article, it stated "girls, women, and gender non-binary persons [who] menstruate.” However, fans were offended by Rowling's initial tweet as they believed it has transphobic intentions -  given she suggested that only women menstruate. And as she copped backlash, the author refused to back down from her explosive sentiment.

 

 

“If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased,” she tweeted in a follow up thread. “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.

"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 — i.e., to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense.

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

Shortly after her series of tweets gained attention online, Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played Harry Potter himself - spoke out and defended the trans community.

“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote in an essay posted to the website of the Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ people.

“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

The British actor also mentioned that 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth have reported they’ve been discriminated against due to their gender identity.

“It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm,” Radcliffe wrote.

Although he revealed this was not an attack on the esteemed author, he did think it was his responsibility to support the wider LGBTQ community.

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