JK Rowling Responds To Critics Of Transgender Comments


LOS ANGELES (AP) – The creator of “Harry Potter” J.K. Rowling has said that she refuses to “bow to criticism” for her recent comments on transgender people.

Rowling published a long article on his blog website on Wednesday in response to the backlash and concern over “new trans activism.” She was subjected to a scrutiny of her thoughts on the transgender identity of the LGBTQ community with Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe, who starred in the Harry Potter film franchise.

“I refuse to bow to a movement which, I believe, does demonstrable harm by seeking to erode” woman “as a political and biological class and by offering cover to predators as little before,” he said. she declared.

Rowling sparked outrage on Twitter on Saturday when she criticized an opinion piece published on the Devex website, a media platform for the global development community, which used the phrase “menstruating ” Rowling hinted that he should have said “women.”

The famous author continued with another thread talking about the concept of biological sex. She said she felt compelled to tweet her thoughts on her experience of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I stand by the brave, gay, heterosexual and trans women and men who defend freedom of expression and thought, as well as the rights and security of some of the most vulnerable people in our society: young people gays, frail teens, and women who depend on and want to keep their unique sex spaces, “she said in her article on Wednesday.

Rowling’s tweets sparked a storm of response from the LGBTQ community and others who were upset by his words. A group of Harry Potter fans tweeted their disapproval of Rowling’s message and encouraged followers to donate to a group that supports transgender women.

“It seems that JK is only good at one thing: writing fantasy,” rights group GLAAD said on Wednesday. “His ill-informed and dangerous missive on transgender people flies in the eyes of medical and psychological experts and devalues ​​the testimony of trans people from their own lives.”

Redmayne, who starred in two “Fantastic Beasts” films in the “Harry Potter prequel” series, disagreed with Rowling’s comments on Twitter. The Oscar-winning actor said his transgender friends and colleagues were tired of “constantly questioning their identities.”

“Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid,” said Redmayne, who played a transgender woman in the 2015 film “The Danish Girl,” which earned her a nomination for Oscars. He joined Radcliffe who also disapproved of Rowling’s thoughts on transgender identity.

“Trans people are what they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or saying they are not who they say,” Emma Watson said on Twitter on Wednesday. She starred as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.

On Monday, Radcliffe published a long essay on Rowling’s tweets on a website for a nonprofit organization dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ people. He said that “transgender women are women”.

“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all the advice given by professional health associations who have much more expertise on this subject than Jo or me,” said the actor.


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