Rowling sparked outrage on Twitter on Saturday when she criticized an opinion piece published by devex, a media platform for the global development community, which used the phrase “people who have their rules.”
“I’m sure there was a word for these people,” the famous British author tweeted. “Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
She continued with another thread talking about the concept of biological sex.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she tweeted. “If sex is not real, the lived reality of women in the world is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to discuss their lives meaningfully. It is not hate to tell the truth.
Rowling’s tweets caused a storm of reaction from the LGBTQ community and others who were angry at her words. A group of Harry Potter fans tweeted their disapproval of Rowling’s post and encouraged supporters to donate to a group that supports transgender women.
Rowling said she respects “the rights of every trans person to live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable for them.” She added that she would walk “if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being a woman. I don’t think it’s hateful to say that.
GLAAD posted a response on Twitter, calling Rowling’s tweets “inaccurate and cruel.” The LGBTQ equality advocacy organization then asked people upset by the author’s comments to support organizations that help black transgender people.
“JK Rowling continues to align with an ideology that deliberately distorts the facts about gender identity and trans people,” GLAAD tweeted. “In 2020, there is no excuse to target trans people.”
Rowling’s representative did not respond to an email request for comment.