Did J. K. Rowling stand up for LGBTQ rights?

No!

RATING: -5
  • In 2018, Rowling liked a transphobic tweet complaining about the lack of respect shown towards women in the Labour Party, claiming that “men in dresses” get more solidarity than women (Indy100)
  • In June of 2019, it was discovered that Rowling was follower of a notable YouTuber who aligned herself with the TERF movement, Magdalen Berns. Berns has said some stuff that many people didn’t agree with, including that trans women are ‘blackface actors’ and ‘men who get sexual kicks from being treated like women’ (Indy100)
  • In December 2019, she showed support for Maya Forstater, whose contracted job was not renewed due to her tweeted opinion that transwomen were not women. Rowling tweeted out her support for the TERF position & Maya, which further cements Rowlings position as a TERF (Twitter)
  • In June 2020, Rowling tweeted in response to a specific article entitled Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate: ‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? – this tweet was loaded from various angles and further cemented her TERF position (Twitter)
  • After receiving a lot of pushback about the above TERF position, Rowling tweeted: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’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 isn’t hate to speak the truth. The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women – ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is a nonsense. I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if 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 it’s hateful to say so.” – To decipher this is difficult, but if you conflate sex and gender and don’t draw a line between them — as is common in the TERF movement, then Rowling’s position is clear; if you don’t draw any lines about sex, how can you meaningfully discuss things like ‘same-sex relationships’ as being distinct from straight relationships? How can one struggle be different from another? (Twitter)
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