J.K. Rowling facing backlash after controversial comments about transgender people
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is facing criticism from gay and transgender rights organizations after the British writer posted a tweet that many groups have said was anti-transgender.
A tweet from Rowling on Saturday commented on a headline from a news article referring to “people who menstruate,” which she suggested should have been shortened to just “women.”
“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” she wrote.
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
The tweet caused Rowling’s name to trend across Twitter over the weekend and earned backlash from LGBT rights groups including GLAAD, which urged supporters to “direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive.”
If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 7, 2020
Book Riot, a literary website, announced it would no longer cover Rowling’s material after the comment.
In light of J.K. Rowling’s transphobic statements, we will no longer be covering her or any of her products. We do, however, love all of these: https://t.co/B7Un1lzASB
— Book Riot (@BookRiot) June 8, 2020
Rowling has faced criticism in the past for her views on the issue and was criticized on social media in December after defending a researcher who was fired for what a judge called an “absolutist” view of transgender people and sex.
“The enormous universe of #LGBTQ young people & adults who have been inspired by JK Rowling’s work deserve better,” said Lambda Legal, a nonprofit legal group representing LGBT clients, said at the time.
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