JK Rowling is once again under fire after sharing controversial views about the trans community.
The Harry Potter author has a history of riling the transgender community and their friends and supporters, and was at it again this weekend.
Rowling took to Twitter in response to a post which suggested that she had "liked" a tweet that claimed people on “mental health medication" were "lazy".
The billionaire author responded: "I've ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I've ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I've ignored death and rape threats. I'm not going to ignore this.”
She continued: "When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line.
“I've written and spoken about my own mental health challenges, which include OCD, depression and anxiety. I did so recently in my essay ‘TERF Wars.' I've taken antidepressants in the past and they helped me."
"Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests.”
She added: "Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalisation that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function.”
"As I've said many times, transition may be the answer for some. For others, it won't - witness the accounts of detransitioners."
"The long-term health risks of cross-sex hormones have now been tracked over a lengthy period. These side-effects are often minimised or denied by trans activists."
She finished by writing: "None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can't pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me."
Not surprisingly, Rowling’s comments met with a fierce backlash. Included among those who took to social media to challenge her views were drag artist Juno Birch, who wrote: "JK Rowling needs to be quiet immediately. She is literally harming the trans community. She apparently just posted the clinic I went to as a child and said that they are experimenting on us, when in fact the Tavistock clinic saved my life."
RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Cheryl Hole also hit out at the author: "So when is @jk_rowling going to get taken down for her hate crime messages against the trans community? AGAIN. The HATE she is spouting off is doing nothing but damaging an already vulnerable group of people and she must have repercussions for her actions!"
Yesterday wasn’t the first time Rowling had spoken out on the subject of trans people. She recently said: “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.”
Two years ago, her representatives famously said that she had experienced a “clumsy and middle-aged moment” when she liked a tweet that referred to trans women as ‘men in dresses’.
Then last year she came in for criticism after supporting a think-tank researcher who was sacked for tweeting “men cannot change into women”. Rowling wrote: “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?”
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