the Harry Potter The author received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization (RFKHR) Ripple of Hope Award in December 2019 for her work with Lumos, a children’s charity.
But earlier this month, Kelly Kennedy, president of RFKHR, released a statement saying the author wrote “disdainfully” on trans issues, “creating a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans people. and not binary ”.
Ms. Kennedy’s criticism referred to a series of tweets this Rowling done in June, which were criticized by many as “anti-trans” comments, as well as an essay the 55-year-old wrote on sex and gender in the same month.
Ms. Kennedy’s statement went on to say that this narrative undermines “the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community.”
Kennedy added: “I take Rowling’s position that the sex assigned at birth is the primary and determining factor of her sex, regardless of her gender identity – a position that I categorically reject.
“Trans rights are human rights. JK Rowling’s attacks on the transgender community are incompatible with RFKHR’s core beliefs and values and represent a repudiation of my father’s vision. ”
Rowling spoke about the matter on Thursday, saying the statement “incorrectly implied that I was transphobic”.
She added that she had received “thousands of private support emails” from people affected by transgender issues.
Rowling continued, “I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them harm, or that standing up for women’s rights is unfair, discriminatory or incites harm or violence against the trans community.
“RFKHR said there was no conflict between the current radical movement for trans rights and women’s rights.
“The thousands of women who have contacted me do not agree and, like me, believe that this conflict of rights can only be resolved if more nuance is allowed in the debate. “
Rowling concluded that due to the “very serious conflict of opinions between me and RFKHR, I feel I have no choice but to return the Ripple of Hope award that was awarded to me on last year “.
She explained that she was “deeply saddened” by the position taken by RFKHR, but said that no award or honor “means so much to me that I would give up the right to follow the dictates of my own conscience.”