The chief executive of transgender charity Mermaids UK has criticised JK Rowling over comments the author made on Twitter.
The Harry Potter author commented on an online article discussing “people who menstruate,” and said: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Following accusations of transphobia, which the 54-year-old denied, she responded: “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.”
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Mark Dolan, Susie Green of Mermaids UK said the remarks “invalidated” the existence of trans people.
She said: “We’ve got so many young trans guys, or non-binary young people, who are on our groups and they consider themselves to be masculine and they do not identify as females.
“So to be told categorically by somebody who they admire so much that they have to be categorised as women is deeply hurtful because that is not who they are.”
Ms Green, whose daughter is transgender, added: “[Rowling] is causing such immense amounts of distress and opening the door to the sort of abuse that I see happening every day to trans women because of this, and how can that be right?”.
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