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J.K. Rowling Gets Called Out by GLAAD for Transgender Comments

J.K. Rowling Gets Called Out by GLAAD for Transgender Comments

Earlier today, J.K. Rowling sparked some controversy for supporting a researcher, Maya Forstater, who was fired for her anti-transgender comments.

The 54-year-old Harry Potter author tweeted her thoughts about the situation on Thursday (December 19).

According to The Guardian, Maya lost a court hearing that questioned her firing from the Centre for Global Development, which was due to her tweeting comments like “men cannot change into women.”

“Dress however you please,” J.K. wrote. “Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill.”

Now, LGBTQ organization GLAAD has reached out to the author, saying in a statement afterwards, “J.K. Rowling, whose books gave kids hope that they could work together to create a better world, has now aligned herself with an anti-science ideology that denies the basic humanity of people who are transgender. Trans men, trans women, and non-binary people are not a threat, and to imply otherwise puts trans people at risk. Now is the time for allies who know and support trans people to speak up and support their fundamental right to be treated equally and fairly.”

The organization also reportedly offered to set up an off-the-record meeting for J.K. Rowling to talk to members of the trans community, but a publicist from her team declined.

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