Last week, J.K. Rowling sparked backlash for anti-trans tweets, where she took issue with an editorial using the phrase “people who menstruate,” instead of women.
People swiftly called out the author on Twitter for being anti-trans and for bringing this up during the global Black Lives Matter movement:
“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people, and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I,” he said in a statement to the Trevor Project.
“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment. I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers,” he told BBC.
Drag performer Peppermint:
“J.K. Rowling is a writer, someone who knows how to use language and the pen. Every single post, every single tweet comes off as innocent and unassuming, but it’s extremely calculated. J.K. knows exactly what she’s trying to say and knows exactly what she’s trying to do. And now we know exactly who she is. What I won’t allow her to do is to insert her ignorance on this situation,” Peppermint told Entertainment Tonight.
“As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand,” he told Variety. “I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid. I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”
“I think she’s speaking from this place of just sheer stupidity. I mean, it’s just so dumb. She’s not even understanding how much death and violence are behind all of those opinions that she’s sharing on social media right now. Like she’s contributing to so much violence through her airing out her thoughts and ideas and opinions. She’s contributing to a stigma that is continuing to take our lives today,” she told Variety.
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