The writer shared a tweet with the hashtag #IStandWithMaya today, which is a show of support for a woman named Maya Forstater who was fired from the charitable organization the Center for Global Development for voicing her opinions that gender is binary and "men cannot change into women."
Forstater repeatedly voiced opposition to changes in the U.K.'s Gender Recognition Act, which would allow people to self-identify as a sex that was not assigned at birth, and her contract was not renewed as a result.
Forstater's employer called her language "offensive and exclusionary," and the judge's recent ruling has echoed this, saying that she "is absolutist in her view of sex and it is a core component of her belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment."
Rowling nevertheless shared her support for Forstater on Twitter this morning. She told her followers that people can "dress however you please," "call yourself whatever you like" and "sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you," but that to "force women out of their job for stating that sex is real" is not okay.
Dress however you please.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
Rowling was hit with an instant backlash, arguing that her comments and support for Forstater are transphobic, as well as discriminatory against intersex and non-binary folk.
See some of the heated response to Rowling's comments below.
Harry Potter and the chamber of transphobes— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) December 19, 2019
Harey potter and the goblet of transphobia— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) December 19, 2019
Harry potter and the transphobe prince— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) December 19, 2019
The tales of beadle the transphobe/transphobic beasts and where to find them— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) December 19, 2019
Harry potter and the cursed transphobe— Gallifreyan Jedi (@JediofGallifrey) December 19, 2019
Harry Potter and the Wrong Side of History (2019) pic.twitter.com/PRw9heyQAK— It's Not Disney. It's Disney Prime Video. (@GetDisneyPrime) December 19, 2019
When I was little, my dream was to one day ask you how people like me would have been accomodated for in hogwarts..— Noel is entering peak holiday spirit (@notafootstool) December 19, 2019
I'm afraid that my dreams might have been crushed if I ever got that chance.
My daughter, who is trans, is a big fan of yours. It breaks my heart to see you post something indicating that discrimination against her is perfectly fine behaviour for an employee.— Amanda Jetté Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) December 19, 2019
The world's most credible medical orgs affirm trans people. Please catch up.
The saddest thing is that the woman who inspired millions of kids to be good to each other, include each other despite our differences and stand up against those who would oppress us - is now a bigot herself.— incompatible w/ human dignity (@notCursedE) December 19, 2019
Just because you retroactively made Dumbledore gay doesn't mean you get to be the supreme arbiter of queer issues Rowling, stop spreading this dangerous transphobic rhetoric— Jingle Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) December 19, 2019
This is SUCH a dangerous precedent to set. Especially now that white supremacism, racism & the far right are gaining power & ground...to contribute to this global culture war against progressive values and LGBTQ communities is totally unacceptable. I implore you reflect.— Shahmir Sanni (@shahmiruk) December 19, 2019
Also, It is both a scientific and medical fact that intersex individuals do exist and gender is not as binary as mainstream society is set to believe. There have been documented cases of patients born with genetically male 46 XY karyotype who have gotten pregnant and gave birth.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 19, 2019