'Harry Potter' Author J.K. Rowling Accused of Transphobia — Again

"It isn't hate to speak the truth," she claims

BY Allie GregoryPublished Jun 7, 2020

Less than a year out from her last descent into transphobic Twitter rants, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has again taken to the platform to share some less-than-progressive views on transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming identities.

She posted an article to Twitter yesterday (June 6) and bashed its headline, "Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate," for its inclusive language.

The author then went on a tirade against the use of language that she believes erases female identities.

"If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction," she wrote. "If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased."

She continued: "I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn't hate to speak the truth."

The author's replies have since been filled with individuals on all parts of the gender and sexuality spectrum, denouncing her stance on the matter as transphobic and harmful. Users also suggested that Rowling is a trans-exclusionary radical feminist for her views, a term better known by its acronym, TERF.

"I am a cis lesbian and STRAIGHT PEOPLE like you attempting to frame lesbians as inherently transmisogynist to try and make themselves look like allies to a marginalised group alienates us from our community. It harms us. KEEP US OUT OF YOUR MOUTH," one user wrote.

Another wrote: "I am a lesbian and there is plenty of room in the scene for trans lesbians. We are not under attack. We can't moan about being told we're 'not real women' and then use our own energy to police others' gender expression and identity. Trans lesbians are as valid as cis lesbians."

Back in December 2019, the author came under similar scrutiny for her support for a woman named Maya Forstater, who was fired from the charitable organization the Center for Global Development. Forstater lost her job after voicing her opinions that gender is binary and "men cannot change into women" and opposing 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. Her contract was not renewed as a result.

See Rowling's posts below.

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