J.K. Rowling sparked controversy with remarks she made in June regarding trans people. In a tweet June 6, she tweeted about an article headlined “Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for people who menstruate,” saying, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” She went on to say, “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.” Many replied that her views were transphobic, with LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD saying, “J.K. Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.” Rowling replied with a lengthy essay on her position, posted on her website.
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