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Sarah Paulson and More Celebs Respond to J.K.Rowling's Anti-Trans Tweets


The power of Twitter. On Saturday, June 6, author J.K. Rowling came under fire after posting multiple tweets that seemingly slammed the trans community.

The controversy began when the Harry Potter creator, 54, shared an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” In addition to linking to the post, she tweeted, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”


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When receiving angry responses that explained that transgender, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people can menstruate, the author claimed that she has done her research.

“I’ve spent much of the last three years reading books, blogs and scientific papers by trans people, medics and gender specialists. I know exactly what the distinction is,” the producer tweeted. “Never assume that because someone thinks differently, they have no knowledge.”

Rowling then shared many more tweets about sex.


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“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 author wrote. “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 a nonsense. I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

Her messages caused quite an uproar on social media, leading to reactions by celebrities as well as the LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD.

“If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride,” the official GLAAD account tweeted on Saturday. “JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people. We stand with trans youth, especially those Harry Potter fans hurt by her inaccurate and cruel tweets.”


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GLADD added, “By the way, looking for some summer reading? ‘Percy Jackson’ author Rick Riordan isn’t transphobic.”

This isn’t the first time Rowling has come under fire for her tweets. In December 2019, she faced backlash after publicly supporting British researcher Maya Forstater who was fired after making transphobic comments.

Scroll through the gallery for more celeb reactions to Rowling’s latest comments.

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Sarah Paulson

“Word. Goodnight and shut up @jk_rowling,” the American Horror Story star, 45, tweeted.

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Jameela Jamil

“Close mouth. Open purse,” the former Good Place star, 34, wrote. She also shared a GoFundMe page to raise money for black trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless. “Hey JK as you claim to support trans rights and this is a historical moment where we are globally discussing the impact of white supremacy on Black People, please share some of your $650million mega wealth with this charity,” she added.

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Mara Wilson

“How did she manage to have a victim complex about all of this?” Wilson, 32, wrote about Rowling. She retweeted many of the responses, including Paulson’s. “THANK YOU,” she replied.

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Tegan & Sara

“If you are a TERF and following us, please f–k off and unfollow us,” the band wrote. “Everyone else – if you can – donate.” They included a link to a Vice story that lists organizations to donate to that support black trans people.

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Mary Lambert

“What the actual f–k??? This is so disgraceful, @jk_rowling. Of all the hills to die on, and for what reason? Trans women are women and they are fighting for their lives. When you push this trans exclusionary agenda, you make their lives infinitely more difficult. Shame on you,” the singer, 31, wrote. “You have power and influence. Why would you do this? What does it achieve? Do you feel like more of a woman when you punch down? Are you threatened? Some trans men menstruate. Why does that affect you? Why do you want to police that?”

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Anthony Rapp

“She has such a powerful voice. Why is she using that voice to die on a hill of transphobia? It is damaging and sad and makes zero sense,” the actor, 48, tweeted. “Is it really her belief that trans women somehow threaten her own selfhood? What is she so f–king afraid of?”

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Jonathan Van Ness

“Trans women are women,” the Queer Eye star, 33, wrote. “Trans Black people & trans non-Black people are discriminated against every single day. They’re dying. We’re fighting for Black people & trans people and you’re doing this?”

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