LOS ANGELES (AP) – â€œHarry Potterâ€ author J.K. Rowling is facing hefty backlash after she posted a series of tweets about transgender people.
Rowling drew outrage Saturday on Twitter when she criticized an opinion piece from Devex that used the phrase ” people who menstruate.â€
â€œIâ€™m sure there used to be a word for those people,” the famous British author tweeted. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?â€
She continued with another thread speaking about the concept of biological sex.
â€œIf sex isnâ€™t real, thereâ€™s no same-sex attraction,â€ she tweeted. â€œIf sex isnâ€™t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isnâ€™t hate to speak the truth.â€
Rowlingâ€™s tweets caused a firestorm of responses from the LGBTQ community and others who were upset with her words. A Harry Potter fan group tweeted its disapproval of Rowlingâ€™s post and encouraged followers to donate to a group that supports back transgender women.
Rowling said she respects â€œevery trans personâ€™s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.â€ She went on to say she would march â€œif you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe itâ€™s hateful to say so.â€
GLAAD issued a response on Twitter, calling Rowlingâ€™s tweets â€œinaccurate and cruel.â€ The advocacy organization dedicated to LGBTQ equality then asked those upset by the author’s comments to support organizations that help black transgender people.
â€œJK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans,â€ GLAAD tweeted. â€œIn 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.â€
Rowlingâ€™s representative has not responded to an email request for comment.