“For someone who tweeted “no one should live in a closet” JK Rowling sure doesn’t believe in trans rights.”
JK Rowling has come under fire for following a transphobic YouTuber on Twitter.
The Harry Potter author follows Magdalen Berns, a “self-professed transphobe” who has uploaded several anti-trans videos in the past such as “There is no such thing as a lesbian with a penis” and “Non binary bullsh*t.”
She also believes gender is “not a construct” and says people should stop referring to transphobic trolls like her as TERFs (trans exclusionary radical feminist), believing it is an attack on free speech (yawn).
Trans Advocate, a pro-transgender social media account, made the news public on their Twitter page. Queer fans were quick to criticise the author and share their disappointment, especially because of the pro-stance she’s taken over the years.
“So many of us who are trans grew up with Harry Potter. It makes me angry for all the trans women harmed by this!” said one fan, while another wrote: “I don’t see how you can discredit trans women and still claim to be pro LGBT.”
After further investigation, it appears that Rowling follows more than one anti-trans account on Twitter, which has led to fury among fans especially because of an earlier tweet she made in which she wrote “no one should live in a closet”.
This isn’t the first time Rowling has come under fire from the community. She was slammed last year when someone discovered she liked a tweet that said trans women are “men in dresses”.
Shortly after, one of her representatives said in a statement: “I’m afraid JK Rowling had a clumsy and middle-aged moment and this is not the first time she has favourited by holding her phone incorrectly.”
Rowling is yet to comment on the matter.
for someone who tweeted "no one should live in a closet" jk rowling sure doesn't believe in trans rights
— werewolf apologist (@transwwx) June 23, 2019
Hey @jk_rowling? As a young #LGBTQ+ Potter fan I would really like it if you could confirm your stance on #trans rights. You speak a lot about taking a stand on what you believe in. Here's your chance. Practice what you preach. I've seen the posts pictured and I'm very concerned. pic.twitter.com/FGdsDgKcZa
— MJ ♿ 🌈 🧠🗣️💪🏻✊🏻 (@HomoAutistica) June 24, 2019
So many of us who are trans grew up with Harry Potter. It makes me angry for all the trans women harmed by this!https://t.co/dZOOXDRFOf
— Dominick Evans (@dominickevans) June 25, 2019
Dear @jk_rowling u know I love Harry Potter more than my whole life, but this👏🏼ain't👏🏼it. TRANS WOMEN ARE W O M E N ! STOP LIVING IN THE FUCKING 20TH CENTURY. I'M SO FUCKING PISSED THAT AN AUTHOR OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS IS FUCKING TRANSPHOBIC. disgusting.https://t.co/sVVbYFEFQF
— 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑘𝑖 🍂 (@ghostinstiles) June 24, 2019
Hey @jk_rowling, I’m a huge fan and have been since was 11 when the books came out over here in the US. As an outspoken advocate on SO MUCH, can you please clarify the allegations people speak about you having issue with Trans women? The tweets you like are very biased against.
— wynnebagel (@wynnebagel) June 25, 2019
like I’m still a hp fan bc those books fucking raised me but my new official stance is fuck JK Rowling, download the books illegally, read trans fanfic, buy fan created merch, and read everything critically https://t.co/E2PuCQskUL
— blue raspberry (derogatory) (@bigdoggenergy) June 24, 2019
Well, damn @jk_rowling. Supporting anti-trans campaigners?!
Fuck that. Actions speak louder than words…! https://t.co/wBhuuWSzOq
— Christopher D. Clegg (@chrisdclegg) June 25, 2019
What an example of misogyny, ageism and middle class narcissism in one tweet. Trans activists are trying to silence JK Rowling because she … is following a woman who has chartered her fight against an incurable brain tumour (and also believes a man in a dress is not a woman) https://t.co/QvY4CSGejH
— ripx4nutmeg (@ripx4nutmeg) June 24, 2019
Anyways fuck jk Rowling's transphobic ass and a big shoutout and lots of love to all my trans wizards and witches out there. Yall are more magical than she could ever understand.
— ⭐Mr. MunTrick🌙 (@rojotodd) June 26, 2019
I'm guessing this means we won't have a tweet from @jk_rowling saying "There was a trans student in Hogwarts. Her name was Ruth Paulina Charles and was a Ravenclaw." Damn, I was so looking forward to another little piece of invisible representation. https://t.co/mSX2o8eUc9
— Tizzy (@Tizzysawr) June 25, 2019
mannnn, JK Rowling being a TERF is so disappointing yet really not that surprising at this point
being middle aged is no excuse
trans rights are human rights point blank period
— cassanova (@casscanthang) June 24, 2019
Finding out JK Rowling is a terf is like the final blow to one of my most beloved childhood fandoms but out of spite I'm going to keep writing fic for it but it's gonna have so many trans characters lmao (also Hermione is trans!! And so is Ginny!! And all ur faves!!)
— Vanitas Protection Squad (@DyllanM122) June 25, 2019
so jk rowling has been confirmed to be anti-trans. hermione would be disappointed in you.
— ig: @intersectional.abc (@lilaznfeminist) June 25, 2019
— Jackson Cristofer says Happy Women's History Month (@jacksoncgarton) June 25, 2019
Please don't make JK Rowling any richer.
She is throwing trans women under the bus
and follows/endorses a lot trans excluding radical feminists.
— Mika Murstein (@MikaMurstein) June 25, 2019
Trans Women are getting murdered every week but sure POOR @jk_rowling for being attacked like this. 🙄🤣 If you don't like being called a terf– don't do terf things. 🤷🏼♀️
— C00kieCat (@cat_c00kie) June 25, 2019
JK Rowling can eat my entire ASS, how the hell is she gonna advocate for LGBT characters by saying her characters are such AFTER the series is over and no hints are established and THEN she says trans women aren't women? Foh
— Kazimir Cormack Freimann (@kazkrunch) June 25, 2019
JK Rowling: I got this potion that can turn you into anyone, magic folk that can change any aspect of their look and spells that can affect how ppl see you
Also JK rowling: retweets shit like trans women are horrible people you shouldn't change what you were given
— American Madiator (@wheredjaigo) June 24, 2019
In honour of JK Rowling being a terf, I will now headcanon every one of the HP cast as trans and/or non binary
— Dolly 🎠 (@_seasofjade) June 26, 2019
when I was six, I fell in love with the Harry Potter book series, and I always looked up to @jk_rowling, but her previous comments towards Trans folk like myself, I won't stand for. You're just another TERF seeking for validation, but in actuality, you don't deserve to be valid. pic.twitter.com/6gfIe1udQ5
— Malevolent D'Vanity (@Yaassssmine96) June 25, 2019
Queers who are still here for @jk_rowling after she’s been confirmed as a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist can unfollow/unfriend me this moment. Trans folks are whoever the fuck they tell you they are, the feminist movement doesn’t benefit from cutting other femmes down.
— Jewel Osco Fan Account (@parkercantdrive) June 25, 2019