GLAAD Responds To J.K. Rowling’s Tweet Supporting Researcher Fired For Being Anti-Trans: “Trans Men, Trans Women And Non-Binary People Are Not A Threat”

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J.K. Rowling’s remarks supporting Maya Forstater, a British researcher fired for comments interpreted as anti-trans, have drawn condemnation from GLAAD.

The Harry Potter author took to Twitter to speak out in support of Forstater, saying, “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”

Forstater lost her job as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development after tweeting that people cannot change their genders.

GLAAD reached out to Rowling’s publicist to have an off-the-record conversation involving members of the trans community (Rowling declined).

GLAAD’s Head of Talent Anthony Ramos released a statement saying: “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.”

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