JK Rowling returns Kennedy award after anti-trans comments

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JK Rowling says she will return her Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in December 2019 after the organization’s chairman Kerry Kennedy criticized Rowling’s transphobic views. “During the month of June 2020 – LGBTQ Pride Month – and to my dismay, JK Rowling posted deeply disturbing transphobic tweets and statements,” Kennedy posted on the organization’s website on August 3. , referring to JK Rowling’s 3,670-word statement titled “JK Rowling Writes Out His Reasons For Speaking Out On Sex And Gender Issues.” “In her own words, I take Rowling’s position that the sex assigned at birth is the primary and determining factor in her sex, regardless of gender identity – a position I categorically reject,” Kennedy continues. “The science is clear and conclusive: sex is not binary. Trans rights are human rights. “

Rowling responded with a statement on her own website on August 27, saying she was not transphobic or “responsible for harm to trans people.” “I am deeply saddened that RFKHR felt compelled to take this position, but no award or honor, however much I admire the person for whom he was appointed, meant so much to me that I would forfeit the right to follow precepts of my own conscience, ”she took the time to write. The very people who helped her succeed, Harry Potter fans, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and more, have distanced themselves and have publicly disowned his comments. Even book sales are lagging behind. And yet, it is still loud on the Internet.

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