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Harry Potter Fan Groups Take United Stand Against JK Rowling s Views On Transgender People

The fallout over JK Rowling s comments about transgender people continued this week, as two major Harry Potter fan groups made explicit efforts to distance themselves from the author s views. The LGBTQ organisation GLAAD has announced it has been working with MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron behind the scenes, over how best to respond to Rowling s headline-making statements about transgender rights. Both groups issued a joint statement condemning Rowling s beliefs on Thursday, while doubling down on their commitment to serve as safe spaces for readers regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. As this fandom enters its third decade, JK Rowling has chosen this time to loudly pronounce harmful and disproven beliefs about what it means to be a transgender person, the statement read. In addition to the distaste we feel for her choice to publish these statements during Pride Month as well as during a global reckoning on racial injustice we find the use of her influence and privilege to target marginalised people to be out of step with the message of acceptance and empowerment we find in her books and celebrated by the Harry Potter community. This marks the beginning of a renewed commitment to serving the #HarryPotter community from a more conscious standpoint than we have done in the past. https://t.co/CcKxdo23NTpic.twitter.com/IetMlsXBY4 MuggleNet: #1 Wizarding World Resource Since 1999 (@MuggleNet) July 1, 2020To better serve their diverse fan base, both groups will no longer report on Rowling s personal life, or host links to purchase her work unrelated to the Harry Potter franchise. They ll also refer to the writer only as #JKR so that fans can mute the hashtag. Our stance is firm: Transgender women are women, the joint statement continued. Transgender men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. Intersex people exist and should not be forced to live in the binary. Addressing #JKR’s statements.https://t.co/ZA3kn4gmpe

We #39;d like to thank @MuggleNet for working with us, as well as @glaad, @TrevorProject, @TaekiaB, @TheHPAlliance@HouseOfBlackPod, @promawhatup and the staff at Leaky MuggleNet for all their help refining this statement! pic.twitter.com/Pp0RFmuFSR The Leaky Cauldron (@leaky) July 1, 2020Combined, MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron have more than one million fans on Facebook, and around 474,000 Twitter followers. The statement comes a little less than a month after Rowling angered fans with a series of tweets in which she implied that the very idea of gender identity invalidates her experience as a cisgender woman. If sex isn t real, there s no same-sex attraction, she tweeted. If sex isn t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn t hate to speak the truth. The tweets drew immediate backlash from fans as well as Harry Potter actors Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe put the author on notice in an essay for The Trevor Project, an advocacy group for at-risk LGBTQ youth.Rowling, however, didn t back down. Instead, she defended her stance in a 3,600-word essay, and said her experience as a survivor of sexual assault influenced her views. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he s a woman ― and, as I ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones ― then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside, she wrote. That is the simple truth. READ MORE: I m A Trans Harry Potter Fan, And There Are A Few Things I Want JK Rowling To Know Why Harry Potter Will Always Belong To The Fans, No Matter What JK Rowling Tweets This Is How Trans Harry Potter Fans Feel About JK Rowling s Recent Tweets


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