Harry Potter's Noma Dumezweni & Katie Leung Respond After J.K. Rowling's Tweets

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Rowling has a history of anti-trans comments, but her tweets on June 6 were a bridge too far for Halsey.

Human Rights Campaign, the largest advocacy group for LGBTQ+ rights in the U.S., also criticized Rowling's latest tweets and said that several medical and other scientific experts validated and affirmed trans people.

Joanne Rowling landed in hot water this weekend after commenting on the Devex's article she shared on Twitter, which was titled "Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 word for people who menstruate". Someone help me out.

Leung's tweet instead led to a series of fundraisers, petitions and articles educating readers about the black transgender community - especially timely given the ongoing protests for racial equality and the death of Tony McDade, a black trans man shot by a police officer in Florida last month. "It isn't hate to speak the truth", Rowling tweeted.

"The idea that women like me, who've been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they're vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - "hate" trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is a nonsense". At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. "I do not believe it's hateful to say so", Rowling wrote.

"JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans", GLAAD tweeted. "Hey JK as you claim to support trans rights and this is a historical moment where we are globally discussing the impact of white supremacy on Black People, please share some of your US$650million mega wealth with this charity", she added.

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According to Rowling's critics, her comments belie the belief that trans women are not really women - thereby pinning the experience of being a woman on those who only biologically identify as "women".

The author's latest round of tweets faced swift backlash and inspired the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling on Sunday morning, which was largely overrun with Rowling detractors and K-pop fans.

We're going to be tackling some tough concepts here, so let's start with a couple of definitions so that you're up to speed with the lingo before we dive in.

In recent years debates between trans activists and feminists have raged over what it is to be a woman.

"I feel heartbroken for every trans kid who grew up on Harry Potter, only to find out the author of their beloved childhood books is such a transphobic bigot", another person said. Call yourself whatever you like. Live your best life in peace and security.

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