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The famous British author was criticized this summer for a series of tweets based on her own experience of domestic abuse that were cited as discriminating against trans women.

The tweets opened the flood gates to comments from members of the LGBTQ community and gender activists, as well as from actors  Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, all of whom starred in the movies based on the author’s Harry Potter novel series.

Rowling tweeted about an opinion piece with the headline: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate. Rowling said: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

In later tweets, Rowling said: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. 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 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 nonsense.”

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