J.K. Rowling called out for anti-transgender comments

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has been criticised for supporting researcher Maya Forstater, who was fired for her anti-transgender comments.

The 54-year-old Harry Potter author tweeted her thoughts about the situation on Thursday, after Maya lost a court hearing that questioned her firing from the Centre for Global Development over comments like "men cannot change into women".

"Dress however you please," Harry Potter author Rowling wrote. "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."

Following the controversial comments, officials from LGBTQ organisation GLAAD reached out to the star, and issued a statement that read: "J.K. Rowling, whose books gave kids hope that they could work together to create a better world, has now aligned herself with an anti-science ideology that denies the basic humanity of people who are transgender.

"Trans men, trans women, and non-binary people are not a threat, and to imply otherwise puts trans people at risk. Now is the time for allies who know and support trans people to speak up and support their fundamental right to be treated equally and fairly."

The organisation also reportedly offered to set up an off-the-record meeting for Rowling to talk to members of the transgender community, but a publicist from her team declined.

Fans online were also disgruntled by the writer's words, with actresses Jameela Jamil and Patricia Arquette among those voicing their opinion on social media.

"Please wield your immense power to protect those most at risk," urged The Good Place actress, while Arquette added: "I am not afraid of being raped by a trans woman, in fact, I'm afraid FOR trans women as they have the highest likelihood of being raped in any group."

Rowling has yet to respond to the controversy.

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