J.K. Rowling, best known for writing the ‘Harry Potter’ book series, had recently shared views that are not in favor of transgender men and women. Now, it is costing her an award in which she is returning.
That honor was a 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award that the famed author and film producer has given back to those who had awarded to her in the first place, according to Deadline.
Rowling also gave a statement on her website explaining why she is no longer keeping and accepting the honors.
Despite denying her transphobia, she essentially goes on to reiterate her belief that trans women aren’t women. She wrote that there is allegedly a “growing number” of “experts and “whisteblowers,” despite using only one dubious source in the article, that have expressed concern “about the huge rise in the numbers of girls wanting to transition.”
Rowling’s has caused her to lose the support of the ‘Harry Potter’ film series cast, several fans, and now those behind the Human Rights
Kerry Kennedy, the president of the group that features the awards, had issued a response to the famed author’s “deeply troubling transphobic tweets and statements” that took place during June of this year, which was also when LGBTQ Pride Month took place.
“On June 6, she tweeted an article headlined ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.’ She wrote glibly and dismissively about transgender identity: ‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud,'” writes Kennedy before adding that “Sex is not binary.”
Kennedy also speaks on how Rowling’s insults were “attacks upon the transgender community,” and that they do not reflect the “beliefs and values of RFK Human rights.”
Rowling has said that she “absolute refute[s] the accusation that I have trans people or wish them ill,” yet adds that the rights of trans are “radical.”
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