(WM) Author J.K. Rowling has again come under fire for making comments online that have been perceived by many as spreading transphobia.
On June 6, the British novelist retweeted the link to an opinion piece by media platform Devex entitled “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” Rowling seemed to take issue with the phrasing of the article’s headline and tweeted her thoughts on what she viewed as the exclusion of cisgender women in using trans-inclusive language.
This is not the first time Rowling has been accused of making transphobic comments. In December of last year, the author sparked backlash for voicing her support of Maya Forstater, a researcher who was fired from The Center for Global Development in London after being accused of making transphobic remarks.
“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,” Rowling tweeted on Dec. 19.
Rowling’s recent comments garnered further backlash, with prominent LGBTQ+ organizations affirming the identities of trans people and criticizing the author for using harmful language.
This controversy comes in the wake of a recent wave of trans violence. Iyanna Dior, a black transgender woman, was attacked by a group of people in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 1. Tony McDade, a black transgender man, was fatally shot by Tallahassee police on May 27.
Rowling’s latest children book “The Ickabog” is currently being published in installments online and the full story can be expected to be published in its entirety in November.