Another unambiguously transphobic tweet from JK Rowling


JK Rowling
Image: JK Rowling Facebook

Harry Potter author JK Rowling yesterday again displayed rampant transphobia in a tweet. After not tweeting since September, the author yesterday returned to the platform in support of a researcher who lost a contract over transphobic posts.

The Centre for Global Development failed to renew the contract of Maya Forstater in 2018 after she tweeted, “Men cannot change into women.”

Forstater then filed a complaint against the employer. She claimed the U.K.’s Equality Act protected her transphobia.

However, a judge ruled Wednesday that transphobia is not a ‘protected class’.

Judge James Taylor said, “It is a core component of [Forstater’s] belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity.”

Further, Judge Taylor said Forstater’s transphobia  “creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment [that is] not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”

JK Rowling’s tweet

Yesterday, Rowling tweeted in support of Forstater.

Dress however you please.
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

JK Rowling’s previous form

This episode follows a 2018 incident when Rowling liked a tweet which referred to trans women as ‘men in dresses’. After that incident, Rowling’s representative defended the like as accidental.

“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.”

However, during Pride month this year when Rowlings followed a self-professed ‘proud transphobe’, her representative declined to comment.

It appears, there is no longer any question of ambiguity.

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