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'Harry Potter' Author JK Rowling Sparks Outrage from LGBT Advocates with Gender Tweet

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J.K. Rowling, the author of the beloved “Harry Potter” series, came under attack Thursday for a tweet defending a researcher who lost her job for saying that “men cannot change into women.”

Rowling tweeted Thursday in defense of British researcher Maya Forstator, who lost her job after tweeting that “men cannot change into women,” the Independent reported Thursday.

“Dress however you please,” Rowling tweeted. “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?”

The Harry Potter author included the hashtags #IStandWithMaya and #ThisIsNotADrill in her tweet. 

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Rowling’s tweet drew ire from the LGBTQ community as left-wing critics labeled her a “TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist).

“Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling made a bold statement against transgender equality on Twitter, confirming to her millions of followers that she is sympathetic to transgender exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs),” wrote LGBTQ Nation writer Alex Bollinger.

Meanwhile, Twitter users reacted to Rowling’s tweet with emotion and anger.

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“I grew up as a trans child reading your books as an escape,” one user wrote. “I would often pick out names from characters to give to myself, before I ever felt comfortable in who I was. This decision, to support people that hate me, and want to do me harm. It brings me to tears… Why. Why?”

“My daughter, who is trans, is a big fan of yours,” another user wrote. “It breaks my heart to see you post something indicating that discrimination against her is perfectly fine behaviour for an employee. The world’s most credible medical orgs affirm trans people. Please catch up.”

Another user mocked Rowling by tweeting a play on the titles of one of her books, “Harry potter and the transphobe’s stone.”

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Forstator herself responded to Rowling’s tweet by expressing her thanks for the author’s support.”

“OMG! We are all crying. This is all i wanted for Christmas,” Forstator tweeted.

A few others showed support for Rowling’s stance.

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