Author J.K. Rowling is getting hit with major criticism after tweeting her support for Maya Forstater, a woman who says transgender women shouldn’t be legally recognized.
The famed Harry Potter author decided to show her support for Maya Forstater, a woman that lost her job after making a series of tweets showing her opposition to the UK’s proposed plan to allow people to self-identify their gender.
Maya made it very clear that she doesn’t believe in transgender rights, writing messages such as, “I don’t think people should be compelled to play along with literal delusions like ‘transwomen are women.'”
After her contract as a researcher was not renewed, she tried to fight it. But the judge ruled that her views are “absolutist” and “incompatible with human dignity and fundamental rights of others.”
Maya, who considers herself a feminist, is still making her opinions known, posting on Twitter that she believes that “sex is a biological fact & is immutable. There are two sexes. Men are male. Women are female. It is impossible to change sex.”
J.K. Rowling has decided to take up Maya’s cause, showing her support for the woman by posting to her Twitter on Thursday.
“Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security,” Rowling wrote, adding, “But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill”
Her transphobic tweet sparked immediate controversy, and it wasn’t long before people started to call her out as a TERF, aka a trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
Prominent LGBTQ and human rights advocacy organizations have also taken the time to speak out against Rowling, like GLAAD calling her out on Twitter, saying that she “has aligned herself with an anti-science ideology that denies the basic humanity of people who are transgender.”
Even actress Jameela Jamil tried to reach out and educate Rowling on how harmful her comments can be, begging her to get to know trans people and use her “immense power” to protect them instead of “contributing to their erasure, abuse, and suffering.”
If you’re hoping for any sort of explanation from the author, don’t hold your breath. A representative for J.K. Rowling said that “there won’t be any comment from J.K. Rowling or her team on this issue.”