JK Rowling returns the prize of a band linked to the Kennedy family

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LONDON (AP) – Harry Potter author JK Rowling said she was returning an award from a human rights group linked to the Kennedy family after the organization’s chairman criticized her comments on transgender issues.

Rowling’s move comes after Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the late senator’s daughter, issued a statement expressing “deep disappointment” at the author’s comments.

“The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic and responsible for harm to trans people,” Rowling said on her website.

“As a long-time donor of LGBT charities and an advocate for trans people’s right to live free from persecution, I absolutely refute the charge that I hate trans people or wish them harm, or that I stand up for the rights of trans people. of women is a mistake, discriminates, or incites harm or violence against the trans community. “

In a series of tweets in June, Rowling said she supports trans rights but does not believe in “erasing” the concept of biological sex. Rowling has said she refuses to “bow down” to a movement seeking to “erode” woman “as a political and biological class and offer cover to predators like shortly before her.

In a post on her website on Friday, she expressed “her solidarity with those who have contacted me but who are struggling to make their voices heard.”

Rowling has previously said she was partly motivated to speak out about the matter due to her personal experience of abuse and sexual assault.

Actors of the Harry Potter franchise, including Daniel Radcliffe, have already criticized the author.

Kerry Kennedy joined the criticism this month when she posted her statement on the RFK Human Rights website. In December, the group named Rowling one of their Ripple of Hope recipients for their foundation of Lumos, which works to bring children around the world out of orphanages and families.

Kennedy claimed that “Rowling’s attacks on the transgender community” were a repudiation of her father’s vision.

“I spoke with JK Rowling to express my deep disappointment for choosing to use his remarkable gifts to create a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and non-binary people, undermining the validity and integrity of the whole. transgender community – one that suffers disproportionately from violence, discrimination, harassment and exclusion and, as a result, experiences high rates of suicide, suicide attempts, homelessness, and mental and bodily harm Kennedy said.



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